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US planes come under 'missile attack'

Dhananjay Mahapatra in Kabul

Two American military transport planes were on Tuesday targeted by missile fire, but were reportedly not hit, even as Pentagon described it as 'celebratory action' by victorious Afghan opposition forces.

The attack on the two C-130 transport planes in separate incidents came on Tuesday morning in the desert area south of Kandahar, with an American official saying the missiles may have been shoulder-fired stingers.

It was the first time that US aircraft had been fired at since the marines set up a base in southern Afghanistan on November 23.

However, Pengagon spokesman David Romley later said, "It turned out not to be a missile fire, but celebratory fire by Afghans mistaken as hostile fire."

Meanwhile, American warplanes continued their heavy bombing on Tora Bora mountains, amidst reports that Saudi renegade Osama bin Laden and Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Mohammed Omar have escaped to Pakistan.

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