Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Effort to minimize death toll in blast targeting Cheney?

"Deadly blast hits U.S. base during Cheney visit":
There were conflicting reports on the death toll. Provincial Gov. Abdul Jabar Taqwa said 20 people were killed, but NATO said initial reports indicated only three were killed, including a U.S. soldier, a South Korean coalition soldier and a U.S. government contractor whose nationality wasn't immediately known. NATO said 27 people were also wounded.

It was unclear why there was such a large discrepancy in the reports.

Associated Press reporters at the scene said they had seen at least eight dead bodies carried in black body bags and wooden coffins from the base area and into the market area, where hundreds of Afghans had gathered to mourn.
NY Times also reporting conflicting death tolls.

Wouldn't look too good, would it, were Cheney's visit to be linked to so many deaths?