Logar airstrike victims to be conferred with medals
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday pledged to confer with highest state medals on security officials died in Logar airstrike.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said on Sunday that last Monday’s airstrike that involved two US helicopters targeted ANA outpost and killed eight soldiers and wounded six others, prompting the president to order an investigation into the incident.
Officials in Logar said the air assault targeted ANA checkpoint in the Baraki Barak district’s Chaltan area at about 6: 00 am.
The statement said that the president expressed deep concern over the incident and appointed a delegation to investigate the incident.
Ghani stressed foreign troops should exercise utmost care during their operations to avoid harming Afghan forces and civilians.
The president extended his condolences to families of the slain soldiers and prayed for early recovery of those wounded in the incident.
US forces also confirmed involvement in the incident that resulted in the death of seven and injury of five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers.
In a statement, the coalition said that on behalf of General Campbell, the NATO and US forces commander in Afghanistan that “we deeply regret the loss of Afghan National Army soldiers in this incident.”
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