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US jets bomb Kabul, Jalalabad

United States Air Force jets bombed Kabul and Jalalabad for the fifth day running on Thursday afternoon, dropping large laser-guided bombs, dubbed 'bunker busters', targeting underground hideouts.

The 'bunker busters', code named GBU-28, are designed to burrow deep into the earth before detonating.

Several big explosions were heard after the jets had flown across Kabul's sky.

A huge fireball was sighted in the southern sky of Kabul in the direction where an abandoned terrorist training camp set up by bin Laden was reportedly located.

Unconfirmed reports also said that a mosque had been destroyed in the eastern city of Jalalabad killing 15 people in the missile attack.

Taleban claimed the heavy bombardment, all through Thursday, claimed the lives of over 340 people in Kabul and Jalalabad and Kandahar, with more than 200 civilians being killed in the eastern Afghan village of Kadam in an attack on a former Laden camp.

Even as the jets were going about their business, US President George W Bush in a Pentagon memorial service declared the war on terrorism would be of an 'uncertain' length and asserted that victory was as 'certain' as the triumph over the Axis powers in World War II.

There were also reports that American troops and aircraft landed in Pakistan, indicating possible ground operations against the Taleban militia.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera in a report said more than 100 civilians have fled Kabul after Thursday's bombing raids on the Afghan capital.

The live report also showed footage of distant explosions, which it later claimed came from the Kabul airport and the nearby airbases.

The attacks came after a short lull in the bombing spree, which stretched on till Thursday morning, after beginning on Wednesday night.

Earlier, in the heaviest bombing in the five days of strikes against Afghanistan, United States fighter jets continued their onslaught on Kabul and Kandahar on Thursday morning.

At least 30 explosions were heard during the raids that went on till late afternoon.

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