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Ghani tasks commission with probing Kunduz airstrike

Ghani tasks commission with probing Kunduz airstrike

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Apr 04, 2018 - 00:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has tasked a commission with investigating alleged civilian casualties in an airstrike in northern Kunduz province, the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday.

The airstrike by the Afghan Air Force hit a religious school in the Dasht-i-Archi district on Monday and allegedly caused civilian deaths besides inflicting casualties on the Talibaninfo-icon.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said the Taliban had invited their associates from inside and outside of the country to Kunduz’s Dasht-i-Archi district to plan another deadliest attack on the Afghans and their country.

The army was fully aware of the Taliban’s plan and thwarted a catastrophic incident but unfortunately reports about innocent civilian deaths had also been received, the statement added.

It said the president tasked a commission headed by Gen. Khudaidad Hazar to investigate the incident and report its findings to the National Security Council within a week.

The president also offered condolences to the families of civilians who lost their lives and directed the authorities concerned to help the injured people and provide them necessary assistance.

Defence Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Radminish told reports here that the Afghan Air Force (AAF) targeted a Taliban training centre in Dasht-i-Arch district. He showed pictures of Taliban to reporters who had gathered at the site.

He named 18 Taliban affiliates, including Taliban’s Quetta Shurainfo-icon member Mualvi Baryal who killed and 11 others injured in the airstrike.

“We targeted the spot from where the AAF copters were targeted with anti-aircraft guns,” he said.

But some sources said many civilians had been killed and injured in the AAF airstrike.

Lawmaker Abdullah Quarleq said 25 Taliban, 60 civilians had been killed while over 50 civilians injured in the airstrike.

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