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MPs want Kunar air raid perpetrators punished

MPs want Kunar air raid perpetrators punished

Mar 01, 2011 - 19:27

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon members on Tuesday called for those behind a NATOinfo-icon-led airstrike that killed 64 people in eastern Kunar province to be brought to justice.

Most of the casualties, including another 20 who were injured, were reported to be civilians. The airstrike happened 11 days ago in Orgal of Ghaziabad district.

A senator, Rafiullah Haidari, wept as he told the upper house on Tuesday that all those killed were civilians, including 35 children.

 “This is not the first time foreign forces have killed civilians in Kunar,” Haidari, who was a member of the delegation sent to the area by Hamid Karzai to investigate.

He said the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force had at first denied any civilians were killed in the raid, but then later apologised when video footage and other evidence was shown to them.

He proposed harsh punishment for perpetrators of the attack.

The speaker of the upper house, Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, and several other senators also called for the government to take action against those responsible for the incident.

ISAFinfo-icon has said it will investigate the incident, but denies the large number of casualties were non-combatants.


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