Pakistan army to compensate civilian casualties in air strike

21:47, April 21, 2010      

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The Pakistan army announced to compensate the civilians misguidedly killed in the air strikes in Tirah valley of Khyber tribal region in the northwest, the army said Wednesday.

In an unusual public apology on Saturday, Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani offered an apology to the people of the area over the deaths of civilians during a military action and issued orders to avoid further incidents.

Kayani apologized to the Kukikhel tribe over the "unfortunate incident" last Saturday "which resulted in the loss of precious and innocent civilian lives," said a statement.

The army said a total compensation of 20 million rupees (about 238,000 U.S. dollars) will be paid to the heirs of the civilians.

Tribesmen from Kukikhel tribe had claimed that up to 70 people were killed and dozens others were injured when Pakistan Air Force fighter planes hit bunkers of civilians.

The army earlier stated that an air strike on a village in the Khyber tribal region on April 10 had killed 42 suspected militants.

The Pakistan army is fighting a war with militant insurgents in the northwest of the country. Pakistan has been inflicted colossal loss in terms of property and lives.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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