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Arghandiwal seeks stern action over Logar airstrike

Arghandiwal seeks stern action over Logar airstrike

Jul 22, 2015 - 15:54

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) leader Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal on Wednesday strongly condemned a US airstrike that killed eight Afghan soldiers and wounded six others in central Logar province.

Monday’s airstrike involving two US helicopters pounded an ANA outpost in Baraki Barak district, promoting President Ashraf Ghani to order an investigation.

But Arghandiwal, also a former economy minister, put the ANA death toll from the airstrike at 12. In a statement, the HIA leader said another 20 Afghan troops were wounded in the incident.

The statement said the HIA strongly condemned the incident and called for its perpetrators to be prosecuted.

“The action committed by the American forces in Logar province was against all international agreements and human rights principles,” the statement added.

Those responsible for the “un-Islamic and inhuman action” should be brought to justice as soon as possible, the statement demanded.

Arghandiwal asked foreign troops not to repeat such blind attacks and the unity government to strengthen coordination among security forces.

The Arghandiwal-led HIA faction is part of the unity government. Its member Eng. Mohammad Khan is first deputy chief executive officer.


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