Afghanistan acuses US of killing civilians in airstrike

Kabul, Jan 16: Eight Afghan civilians, including seven children, were killed following a US airstrike in eastern province of Parwan Tuesday night, the country’s Presidential Palace said in a statement late Wednesday.

“Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned in strongest terms a bombardment carried out by the US forces in Siya Gard district of Parwan province, which led to the deaths of one woman and seven children,” Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.

One civilian was also wounded in the attack which took place in Sah Darah-e-Wazghar area of the district in the province, it noted.

“The Afghan government for many years, had demanded a complete end to the military operations in Afghan villages and towns,” the statement said, adding against all bilateral agreements and the recent guarantee in a letter by the US President Barack Obama, the American forces once again carried out the airstrike against residential area and caused civilian casualties.

IANS