West air raid kills Afghan school children

Western attack killed ten civilians, mostly school children in eastern Afghanistan, villagers said.

West air raid kills Afghan school children

Western attack killed ten civilians, mostly school children in eastern Afghanistan, villagers said.

Elders of the village have told us that 10 people have been killed in this airstrike, eight of them school students," Kunar governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahedi said.

Karzai condemned the killings, which took place in Kunar province on the border with Pakistan on Saturday, according to President Hamid Karzai's office on Monday.

The West-installed president promised a "probe" into the killing.

"President Karzai strongly condemns the operation which caused civilian deaths and has appointed a delegation to investigate the incident," it said.

But the death toll is feared to rise because investigations were ongoing.

Politicians representing Kunar walked out of an important parliamentary session debating appointments to Karzai's new cabinet to protest the civilian casualties, television showed.

NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said they would "look into the report" but declined immediate comment.

NATO and US-West coalition forces, which number more than 110,000, occupies the country for years.


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