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Delegation reaches Kunar to probe civilian deaths

Delegation reaches Kunar to probe civilian deaths

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Feb 21, 2011 - 16:58

ASADABAD (PANinfo-icon): A high-level delegation arrived on Sunday in Asadabad, the capital of eastern Kunar province, to investigate civilian deaths in coalition airstrikes three days ago.

As many as 64 people were killed during joint operations by Afghan forces and foreign troops in the Argal area of Ghaziabad district, Governor Fazlullah Wahidi said on Sunday. The dead included 20 womeninfo-icon and 29 children.

President Karzai had assigned the 14-member team to probe the incident thoroughly and submit a detailed report to him, Shahzada Masood, the delegation's head, told Pajhwok Afghan News on reaching Asadabad.

They would meet the provincial governor, police chief, intelligence director, district chief, residents and foreign forces based in Kunar, said Masood, Karzai's advisor on tribal affairs.

An International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) has also been sent to the district to look into claims of civilian casualties in the Ghaziabad air raids and ground offensive.

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