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Karzai vows assistance in phone call with Khost governor

Karzai vows assistance in phone call with Khost governor

Jul 09, 2011 - 17:07

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Karzai on Saturday spoke by telephone with the Khost provincial governor to offer assistance to families affected by a recent ISAFinfo-icon airstrike, officials said.

Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi gave Karzai more information about an ISAF air strike that struck a civilian home Wednesday in the Kamal Khel area of the Domanda district, the presidential palace said in a statement.

2nd Lt. Hamedullah, the district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that all those killed in the strike were civilians, adding that eight children, three womeninfo-icon, and two men were killed in the attack.

According to the statement, President Karzai also ordered security officials to open an investigation into the issue and to report back to the presidential palace.

The ISAF media office in Kabul confirmed the airstrike and said that the force had sent envoys to the area to investigate further.

Khost residents protested on Thursday, closing the Khost-Grades highway for hours.

Last month, President Karzai strongly condemned civilian casualties in Helmand province resulting from ISAF airstrikes.

At the time, President Karzai warned ISAF that if civilian casualties continued, Afghans would view the foreign troops as occupiers.


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