28 December 2009 – 15H10
AFP – Ten civilians, mostly school children, have been killed during Western military operations in eastern Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai’s office said Monday, citing “initial reports”.
Karzai condemned the killings, which his statement said took place in Kunar province on the border with Pakistan on Saturday.
“Initial reports indicate that in a series of operations by international forces in Kunar province… 10 civilians, eight of them school students, have been killed,” the statement said.
“President Karzai strongly condemns the operation which caused civilian deaths and has appointed a delegation to investigate the incident,” it said.
A senior official in the Afghan government, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the death toll could change because investigations were ongoing. Read more…