Karzai Condemns Civilian Deaths in NATO Airstrike

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned a NATO airstrike in western province of Herat, which killed at least four civilians.

“President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned an air strike carried out by foreign forces that killed four civilians in Shindand district of Herat province,” the presidential palace media office said in a statement.

A woman and a child are among the victims of the strike that was carried out on Monday in Shindand district of Herat province, provincial officials quoted in the statement said.

“Any military operations by the foreign forces targeting civilians and residential areas in Afghanistan means that they do not value Afghans’ lives as well as it is a clear violation of bilateral agreements,” Karzai said denouncing the incident.

The statement said local authorities were instructed to launch probe into the incident and assist families of the victims.

In turn, NATO-led ISAF forces said is working with Afghan authorities to investigate the incident. “We are aware of allegations regarding reported civilian casualties in Shindand District of Herat Province in the past 24 hours.”
“ISAF takes all allegations of civilian casualties very seriously, and is assessing the facts surrounding this incident. We are working hand-in-hand with Afghan authorities to resolve this as quickly as possible. We will release more information as appropriate,” the NATO-led force said in a statement.

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