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Wolesi Jirga slams civilian deaths in Kunar

Wolesi Jirga slams civilian deaths in Kunar

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Mar 02, 2011 - 16:24

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The lower house of Parliament on Wednesday denounced the killing of nine children during a fresh coalition airstrike in eastern Kunar province.

The provincial police chief confirmed that nine children were killed in the NATOinfo-icon-led strike on Tuesday. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) said it would investigate the claims.

Residents of Manogai district said the raid killed 10 children collecting firewood in Nanglam valley.

The incident came less than two weeks after 65 people -- mostly womeninfo-icon and children -- were killed in a similar raid in Ghaziabad district of the province.

"The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon condemns in the strongest terms any operation by foreign forces and suicide bombings that result in civilian deaths," the house said in a statement.

It called on ISAF to carry out its operations in coordination with Afghan counterparts and in line with international laws.

The legislature urged the government to inform the worldinfo-icon about the killings in recent air raids. If foreign troops did not stop such operations, the gap between the government and people would further widen, the statement warned.

The NATO-led force would be held responsible for any untoward situation, the lawmakers added.

An MP from Kunar, Shahzad Shahid, alleged the blood of Afghans and their sovereignty had no value for foreign troops. "Elders should take a unanimous decision in this regard, so as people can get rid of this barbarism."

Another legislator from Kabul, Mohammad Mohaqiq, said the government should explain its stance over civilian deaths. Foreign forces, having modern equipment, were unable to differentiate between civilians and militants, he said.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said security officials would be summoned to the house on Sunday to brief lawmakers on the situation.

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