NATO forces reviewing operation in S. Afghanistan following civilians killing allegations

09:35, July 27, 2010      

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NATO forces have launched a joint investigation with the Afghan government after Afghan President Hamid Kaizai on Monday condemned the killing of 52 civilians by a NATO rocket in southern Afghanistan last week.

NATO forces are working with the Afghan Defense Ministry and Interior Ministry to probe into the civilian casualties allegations near the village of Rigi in Sangin district of southern Helmand province on Friday, according to a statement issued by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces ( ISAF) late Monday evening.

A joint operation that occurred 10 kilometers south of the village Friday is currently under review, it said.

"ISAF and Afghan National Army forces came under attack by machine guns and RPGs,"said the statement."The joint force responded with attack helicopters and precision-guided missiles against the insurgents."

However, the statement insisted that only six insurgents were killed in the attack and the joint investigation so far revealed no evidence of civilians injured or killed.

In a statement issued Monday evening, Karzai said an investigation conducted by Afghan intelligence agency showed that 52 civilians, including women and children, were killed by a NATO rocket in Sangin district, Helmand province Friday. Karzai has condemned the incident.

Earlier Monday, Afghan government spokesman Siamak Heravi said NATO troops were fighting Taliban militants in Sangin district on Friday. A group of civilians jammed into a house to avoid the fighting, when a NATO rocket hit the house.

On Saturday, locals in Sangin district said that dozens of civilians including women and children were killed as NATO's aircraft, fighting Taliban militant, dropped bomb in the district on Friday.

NATO forces on Saturday rejected the claim, saying no operation has been carried out in Sangin district. A NATO spokesman on Monday evening once again insisted that initial investigation showed there was no operation in Sangin district on Friday.

Source: Xinhua


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