Friday, Oct 17, 2008
At least 25 civilians including women and children have been killed in an air strike by US-led forces in volatile southern Afghanistan, reports say.
“In today’s air strike by foreign forces some civilians including women and children were killed,” Helmand provincial police chief Assadullah Shirzad told AFP Thursday.
Shirzad did not give an exact number of casualties but locals claimed that at least 25 civilians were killed.
A BBC reporter said he saw the bodies of women and the children – ranging in age from six months to 15 in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.
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The families took the bodies from their village in Nad Ali district — where the air strike occurred– to the governor’s office to protest the killings.
International forces in Afghanistan have come under increased criticism since Afghan and UN officials discovered that a US-led military operation in the village of Azizabad in August killed 90 civilians, including children.
Seven years of western military presence in Afghanistan has led to more insecurity, a record opium production surge and a sharply upward sprial of civilian lives lost to errant American airstrikes and suicide bombers . More than 4,700 people have been killed in insurgency-related violence in the country this year.
This article was posted: Friday, October 17, 2008 at 3:45 am