Afghan president condemns NATO air raids that killed 9 children

08:36, March 03, 2011      

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the killing of nine children allegedly caused by NATO- led forces' air raids in the eastern Kunar province a couple of days ago, a statement released by his office here in Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday said.

"The air strike by the NATO that killed nine innocent children and injured another in Kunar happened in less than ten days from a similar attack that left many civilians dead in the same province. The children were collecting firewood when attacked," the statement added.

In the statement, the Afghan president who is currently visiting Britain, underlined that "fighting terrorism in Afghan villages can't achieve any success, but poor and innocent civilians have to suffer in the unjustifiable operations and bombings carried out by the NATO and ISAF."

"I, therefore, once again remind with emphasis that NATO needs to focus on the safe havens of terrorists, or else killing innocent civilians would create them huge problems," Afghan president noted in the statement.

The president instructed security agencies and local officials to further investigate the circumstances of the incident and report back to the Office of the President immediately, the statement added.

According to media reports, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had left 65 civilians dead in Ghazi Abad district and nine children dead in Manogai district of Kunar province over the past two weeks. However, NATO-led troops have rejected the reports as groundless.

Source: Xinhua

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