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Karzai orders probe into Helmand airstrike

Karzai orders probe into Helmand airstrike

Aug 07, 2011 - 17:24

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai has ordered a probe into civilian deaths resulting from an airstrike by NATOinfo-icon-led soldiers in southern Helmand province, his office said on Sunday.

Eight people, including womeninfo-icon and children, were killed on Friday when foreign soldiers bombed a house in the Nad Ali district of the province. The district police chief confirmed that civilians were killed in the raid.

But a statement from the Governor's House said the international troops had bombed the house of a Talibaninfo-icon commander. A foot patrol of NATO-led soldiers had come under attack in the area.

It added the house owner, Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Hadi, a roadside bomb expert, was also killed in the airstrike.

Governor Gulab Mangal asked the international soldiers to spare women and children while conducting counterinsurgency operations.



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