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Afghans say U.S. fired shots at civilians

first_imgBARIKAW, Afghanistan – An explosives-rigged minivan crashed into a convoy of Marines that U.S. officials said also came under fire from militant gunmen Sunday. As many as 10 people were killed and 34 wounded as the convoy made a frenzied escape, and injured Afghans said the Americans fired on civilian cars and pedestrians as they sped away. U.S. officials said militant gunfire may have killed or injured civilians, but wounded Afghans and Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said most of the bullets were American. Hundreds of angry Afghans protested near the blast site, denouncing the U.S. presence. As the Americans fled, they treated every person and vehicle along the busy, tree-lined highway as a potential attacker, said Mohammad Khan Katawazi, the district chief of Shinwar in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. “I saw them (Americans) turning and firing in this direction, then turning and firing in that direction,” said Ahmed Najib, a 23-year-old hit by a bullet in his right shoulder. “I saw a farmer shot by the Americans.” Lt. Col. David Accetta, the top U.S. military spokesman in Afghanistan, said gunmen may have fired on U.S. forces at numerous points during the escape. He said it was not yet clear how the casualties happened, though he left open the possibility that U.S. forces had shot civilians. The accusation that U.S. forces killed or wounded so many Afghans was expected to cause an uproar in a country in which an untold number of civilians have been killed by international forces since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has pleaded repeatedly for Western troops not to harm civilians, and in December he wept during a speech lamenting civilian deaths at the hands of foreign forces. Nine witnesses – including five hospitalized Afghans recuperating from bullet wounds – told The Associated Press that U.S. forces fired indiscriminately along at least six miles of one of eastern Afghanistan’s busiest highways – a route often filled not only with cars and trucks, but also Afghans on foot and on bicycles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chan opens facility at Santa Clarita Studios

first_imgActor Jackie Chan on Friday opened a branch of his management company, JC Culture USA, at Santa Clarita Studios. Chan made the official announcement during an afternoon news conference at a cavernous sound stage on the site. “Because of the sincere invitation from Santa Clarita city and its policy of encouraging the development of the movie industry, my new management company has chosen to be located at first in Santa Clarita Studios,” Chan said in Mandarin through an interpreter. The U.S. office of JC Culture USA will focus on projects including a Broadway show in Chinese and English based on Chan’s book, “I am Jackie Chan.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.David McKeon, executive vice president for operations at JC Culture USA, will be one of seven employees based at Santa Clarita Studios working on the Broadway show and other projects. “He wants people to know more about where he came from, what he has gone through, what his path was to get here,” McKeon said. “He grew up in an academy, which is like an orphanage.” Chan also wants to be a liaison for production companies filming in China. He wants to help movie industry officials recruit local bilingual crew members, find locations and apply for local permits. “I believe our service will be valuable,” Chan said through his interpreter. “Based on the resources we have, we are confident that we will offer the production companies, studios and individual producers the best service in China.” At that point, Chan’s interpreter fell off the dais, giving the actor the opportunity to show off his comic timing. “Stuntgirl,” Chan said as the young lady made it back to the stage unharmed. California elected officials – U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar – took the opportunity Friday to give Chan some awards and praise him for bringing jobs to the area and the state. “The industry will provide such an economic benefit to not only this area but to the state of California as a whole and provide badly needed jobs for so many people,” Smyth said. Santa Clarita is thrilled to have Chan’s business, Kellar said. He said Santa Clarita is one of California’s most-filmed cities and has nearly 10,000 residents working in the entertainment industry. The city is within the 30-mile zone including Hollywood studios and offers a reverse commute, Kellar said. The city has the lowest film permit fees in the Los Angeles area and is home to more than 10 movie ranches and more than 20 sound stages. “This is going to continue to show that Santa Clarita is a true leader in the filming industry in America,” Kellar said about Chan’s decision to locate in the city. McKeon said Chan chose Santa Clarita over places such as Hollywood and Santa Monica because of the city’s tax rebates and film-friendly atmosphere. “When we were looking at all the other options, financially, it makes sense to do business here,” McKeon said. [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more