UN calls for transparent probe into raid killing civilians
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations has denounced civilian casualties in a recent airstrike targeting Islamic State militants in eastern Nangarhar province
The September 28 airstrike targeting Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Daesh, was conducted in Achin district, a stronghold of the rebel group.
An international military forces unmanned aerial vehicle conducted the raid, reportedly targeting members Daesh. Instead a missile fired from the drone hit a civilian home, killing the 15 civilians.
At least 13 others, including a boy, were wounded in the strike. The civilians had gathered in a village to celebrate the return of a tribal elder from the Hajj pilgrimage.
The men were sleeping in a guesthouse of the elder. Civilian victims of the strike included students and a teacher, as well as members of families considered to be pro-government. Government sources said Daesh fighters also died in the attack.
In a statement, United States Force-Afghanistan acknowledged conducting the airstrike but refrained from elaborating further while they “are still reviewing all materials related to the strike.”
While condemning the incident, UNAMA reiterated the need for all parties to the conflict to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law.
The UN mission called on the government and international military forces to launch a “prompt, independent, impartial, transparentand effective investigation into this incident”.
It expressed deepest condolence to the families of those killed in this incident and wished a speedy recovery for all those injured.
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