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US compensating Afghan victims of vehicle accident that prompted riot

[JURIST] US authorities announced Thursday that compensation payments totaling $112,000 had been approved for victims of a May accident involving an American cargo truck in Kabul, Afghanistan [JURIST news archive], that set off an anti-American riot [BBC report] in which at least seven people died. According to conflicting reports, either US soldiers or Afghan police fired into a crowd to quell the unrest [JURIST report].

The parliament of Afghanistan passed a nonbinding resolution [JURIST report] in June calling for the prosecution of the US soldiers responsible for the crash, which killed at least one civilian. US officials have claimed the crash was a result of an unintentional brake failure. According to a military statement [CFC Afghanistan release], the US received 26 claims for compensatory damages for the traffic accident under the US Foreign Claims Act [text]. AP has more.

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