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October 15, 2001
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Explosions
shook Kabul and the eastern city of Jalalabad
this morning, ushering in the second week of a
U.S.-led air campaign to force the handover of
Osama bin Laden. The White House rebuffed
yet another offer by Afghanistan's Taliban
rulers to negotiate the terror suspect's fate.
Three powerful explosions rocked Jalalabad
as a lone jet streaked across the sky and
dropped at least three bombs. Taliban gunners
responded with anti-aircraft fire. The explo-
sions appeared to come from the western edge
of the city, which has been the subject of sus-
tained U.S.-led strikes over the past week.
It wasn't clear what Taliban military installa-
tions were in that area. But in the mountains
that lie to the west of Jalalabad, it is believed
By Rachel Green
Daily Staff Reporter
Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida organiza-
tion operate terrorism camps.
U.S. jets also flew over Kabul early today
and dropped at least one bomb in the northern
part of the city. The Taliban responded with
In neighboring Pakistan, Islamic militants
opposed to the bombardment clashed with
police while trying to storm an air base report-
edly used by the Americans to support the air
campaign. One person was killed and about 24
injured, police said.
Aboard the USS Enterprise, the launching
pad for raids on Afghanistan, U.S. officers
described yesterday's attacks on the capital and
other Afghan cities as "cleanup" missions to
hit targets pilots had missed in earlier raids.
Yesterday, U.S. jets destroyed Kabul's Chi-
nese-built international telephone exchange,
severing one of the last means of communica-
tion with the outside world. Residents also said
the capital's historic Mogul-style Balahisar
Fort, built in the early 20th century, was in
ruins. The report could not be confirmed
because security kept outsiders from the area.
Other targets included the cities of Mazar-e-
Sharif, Kandahar, Jalalabad and Herat, accord-
ing to the Taliban Information Ministry.
Explosions were heard well north of Kabul in
the direction of the front lines between opposi-
tion and Taliban fighters.
One strong detonation about midnight trig-
gered what appeared to be a series of sec-
A nighttime attack on the Taliban headquar-
ters in Kandahar pluiged the city into darkness
and enveloped it in dust yesterday, the private
Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press said. The
main target appeared to be military headquar-
ters, it said.
The U.S.-led barrage has left Afghan civil-
ians with frayed nerves, since some of the tar-
gets are close to populated areas and at least in
one case homes have been struck by accident.
"There is no Osama in Kabul," bank worker
Mohammed Arif said. "Osama and his people
are not living in small mud houses. Why do
they attack us? We are not his supporters. We
have never seen his face."
Washington says the raids do not target civil-
ians, but the Pentagon has acknowledged that
one bomb went astray and hit a residential
neighborhood near Kabul.
The third most powerful figure in the Tal-
iban, Deputy Prime Minister Haji Abdul Kabir,
said yesterday that the militia was willing to
hand bin Laden over to a third nation if the
United States offers evidence against him and
halts the bombing. President Bush quickly
rejected the offer.
"There is nothing to negotiate about. They
are harboring a terrorist," Bush told reporters.
The Bush administration has repeatedly
refused any conditions on its demands that the
Taliban surrender bin Laden and his al-Qaida
terror movement - suspected in the Sept. 11
terror attacks in the United States. The United
See AFGHANISTAN, Page 7A
Since Sept. 11, mass e-mails
filled with warnings and conspiracy
theories about the attacks on New
York and Washington have clogged
inboxes across campus. Among
other things, these letters warn peo-
ple to stay away from shopping
malls on Halloween, question who
is behind the attacks and claim the
United States had advance notice of
Most of these warnings have
been received and discredited by
the Federal Bureau of Investiga-
tions. An FBI spokesperson said
the Halloween threat is "unfound-
Still, LSA senior Jodi Manko
said she does not want to take any
chances on Oct. 31.
Manko received an e-mail saying
a friend of a friend of the author of
the letter was warned by her Arab-
American boyfriend about the
attacks on Sept. 10, just before he
disappeared. He warned the girl not
to board any commercial planes in
the United States the next day and
to stay away from shopping malls
on Oct. 31.
"So many people got that e-mail.
Everyone's talking about it," Manko
said. "I won't stay out of malls, but
I probably won't go on Halloween
either. For the one day they say not
to go, I won't. I personally don't
think anything's going to happen,
but it's not worth it."
One letter says 16th-century
philosopher Nostradamus predicted
the attack in his collection of
prophesies, "Centuries," in 1654.
The letter'said he predicted not
only the date, but the location of
the attack as well, warning that the
See HOAXES, Page 7A
NEW YORK (AP) - A police offi-
cer and two lab technicians involved in
the NBC anthrax investigation have
tested positive for the bacteria, Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani said yesterday.
Nevada officials said four people who
may have come into contact with a
contaminated letter at a Microsoft
office tested negative while results
weren't known for two others.
In Washington, meanwhile, Health,
and Human Services Secretary
Tommy Thompson said that he consid-
ered the anthrax cases in New York
and Nevada, and Florida, to be
instances of bioterrorism. "It certainly
is an act of terrorism to send anthrax
through the mail," he said on Fox
, And Attorney General John
Ashcroft said it was "premature at this
time to decide whether there is a direct
link" to Osama bin Laden's terrorist
network, but "we should consider this
potential that it is linked."
. The new New York cases brought to
12 the number of people around the
nation who either have anthrax or have
been exposed to it. That does not
include a second NBC employee who
See ANTHRAX, Page 7A
1. Boca Raton, Fla.
A tabloid photo editor died Oct. 5
of the inhaled form of anthrax; two
other employees had anthrax
spores in their nasal passages and
five more tested positive for
2. New York
An NBC employee contracted the
skin form of anthrax after handling
a threatening letter Sept. 25. On
Oct. 13, another employee
exhibited symptoms and on Oct.
14, anthrax spores were found on
a police officer and two lab
3. Reno, Nev.
On Oct. 13, a suspicious letter
received by a Microsoft office
tested positive for anthrax, officials
Thousands rally yesterday in Lahore, Pakistan to protest further U.S. airstrikes on Afghanistan. In clashes with police, one
protester was killed and 24 were Injured.
Attempted sexual assault on Diag reported
By Caitlin Nish
Daily News Editor
The University Department of Public Safety
issued a crime alert last night, warning stu-
dents of a reported attempted rape near the
West Engineering Arch on the Diag at approxi-
mately 1:30 a.m. Oct. 9.
Although the incident allegedly occurred
last Tuesday, it was not reported to DPS offi-
cers until yesterday afternoon by a female stu-
dent, the alleged victim, said DPS spokes-
woman Diane Brown.
The victim "was reported to have been
approached from behind by an unknown male
who wore a black hooded sweatshirt, black
pants and also had a ski mask over his face,"
The suspect was also reported to be about
six-feet-tall with a stocky build.
"He pushed her to the ground and that's
when the attack took place. At this point an
investigation is beginning," Brown said.
The victim did not report any physical
Although Brown is warning students to be
more cautious when walking alone, she is also
urging people not to panic.
"We all need to 'remain calmly vigilant," she
said. "We always need to encourage the Uni-
versity community to be aware of their sur-
roundings and it is helpful not to walk alone at
Brown said she encourages all students to
use SAFEWalk, a DPS service which provides
escorts for students walking on either Central
or North Campus to any destination within a
20-minute walk or one-mile radius of the Cen-
tral or North Campus diags. To request a
SAFEWalk escort, call 763-WALK.
speaks to campus
We've got spirit, yes we do
By Kristen Beaumont
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to raise awareness
about date rape on campus, the
Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic
Association and Athletic Depart-
ment co-sponsored a program titled,
"He Said, She Said" last night at
Cliff Keen Arena.
"I think it is something we want
to stress to our members because
we have such a large portion of the
student body," said Lindsay Mann,
the Panhel vice president of pro-
Charles Cohen, the IFC vice
president of community develop-
ment, said the event was important
raclat rae in't a tonic cnm-
happen and if we aren't educated
then we can't do anything to stop
them," he said.
Cohen said the event was not
limited to only members of the
Greek community or athletes.
"If we start by addressing Greek
members and athletes then maybe it
can spread to other members of the
community," he said.
The event featured Katie Koest-
ner, a victim of date rape who has
received recognition for traveling
across the country to talk to high
school and college students.
Koestner spoke about her person-
al experience with sexual assault as
a freshman at the College of
William and Mary in 1990. She was
assau1ted followinga a date with
on 2 charges
By Caitlin Nish
and Jon Schwartz
Markus Curry, a freshman cornerback on the Michigan
football team, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday
for a pretrial hearing on charges of domestic assault and
The misdemeanor charges carry
maximum sentences of 93 days and two
years incarceration, respectively.
Curry was suspended indefinitely
from the team following his early Fri-
day morning arrest in South Quad Res-
idence Hall and did not play in
Saturday's game against Purdue.
Department of Public Safety spokes-
woman Diane Brown said the charges
Curry stem from an incident of domestic
assault that took place at about 2 a.m. Friday. She said
Curry attempted to stop the victim from using the telephone
Member of the Michigan cheerleading team lead a crowd at a Homecoming pep rally on the Diag