Fidai asks US to compensate airstrike victims’ kin
KABUL (Pajhwok): The governor of central Logar province on Thursday asked US forces to compensate the families of Afghan National Army (ANA) troops killed and wounded in their airstrike in Baraki Barak district.
Monday’s airstrike that involved two US helicopters targeted an ANA outpost and killed eight soldiers and wounded six others, prompting President Ashraf Ghani to order an investigation into the incident.
A press statement from the Logar governor’s office said the president-appointed investigation team had held a meeting with Governor Haleem Fidai and other officials in Pul=I-Alam, the provincial capital.
At the meeting, Fidai demanded the foreign troops pay US $50,000 each to families of the slain soldiers and US $15,000 each to the injured ones in compensation.
Ground Forces Commander Gen. Murad Ali Murad, who headed the investigation team, said they had held detailed meetings with ANA soldiers, other military and civil officials and local residents . The delegation would present its report to the president after completing its investigation.
Fidai called for a thorough investigation into the airstrike and suggested allotting land plots to families of the slain and injured soldiers in their respective areas. The governor asked the Ministry of Defence to increase its own compensation to the families of the victims.
He also urged the Ministry of Interior to support children of the slain soldiers in getting education.
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