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Karzai talks to airstrike victims, pledges help

Karzai talks to airstrike victims, pledges help

Aug 10, 2011 - 15:44

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned a NATOinfo-icon airstrike that killed nine civilians, including seven children, in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province.

The president directed local officials to spare no effort in providing all possible assistance to the victims' family, the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Wednesday.

The airstrike was carried out on Friday, the statement said, adding President Karzai talked to the bereaved family over the telephone.

Karzai spoke to relatives of the dead and strongly condemned the incident. He assured the family of all-out support and inquired after the two surviving family members, the statement said.

Relatives of the family told Karzai the seven children's mother miraculously survived the attack. Another member of the family, a girl who had gone to her uncle's house, also survived the raid.

Karzai directed Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal to provide medical and financial assistance to the family.

A day after the airstrike, Karzai sent a delegation to Nad Ali to investigate the incident. The delegation was directed to send a report to the president.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) said it targeted the house from where its troops were attacked.


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