Civil society calls for fair probe into Wardak civilian killings
At least 12 people, including children, were killed and another six wounded on Fridaywhen a mortar shell allegedly fired by Afghan troops hit a mosque in Syedabad district.
Local officials say three soldiers manning the checkpoint, from where the shell had been fired, have been arrested.
At a press conference, civil society activist Hamida Wardak said: “We strongly condemnthe civilian deaths and offer our condolences to the victims’ families.”
The security forces, which need to improve coordination among themselves, should not harm ordinary people, she said, adding military operations should not be conducted on the basis of fake reports.
In a resolution, civil society groups asked the government to investigate the incident and ensure compensation to the victims’ familiesfor regaining public trust.
The security personnel were urged to ensure the safety of civilians while conducting clearing operations against militants.
“We ask the government to facilitate access to the International Criminal Court (ICC), as Afghan judicial organs are unable to try cases related to war crimes and civilian casualties,” the resolution said.
Another member of civil society, Mukhtar Pedram, alleged: “The government has failed to ensure public security. If Jalrez and Kunduz issues had been investigated, the Wardak incident could have been averted.”
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