New Afghan probe: civilians killed in NATO-denied attack

Afghanistan's government says a new investigation shows 39 civilians, all women or children, were killed in a NATO rocket attack last month.

New Afghan probe: civilians killed in NATO-denied attack


Afghanistan's government says a new investigation shows 39 civilians, all women or children, were killed in a NATO rocket attack last month.

The latest reports coincided with the publication last week by the whistleblower group WikiLeaks of tens of thousands of classified U.S. documents.

WikiLeaks described a pattern with thousands of unreported civilian deaths in the near nine-year-old war.

Those killed in the rocket were civilians who had crammed in a house after fleeing a clash between the Taliban and joint Afghan and foreign forces, the Afghan presidential office said in its statement.

"Subsequently, one rocket hit the house in which 39 women and children were killed and four wounded," it said.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it has been checking reports of civilian deaths since the government first said nearly two weeks ago that over 50 people had been killed by a rocket strike in southern Helmand province.

On Thursday, an ISAF spokesman, Lt. Raymond Jeffery, said he had "no information" about the result or progress of any probe and could not comment on the 39 deaths reported by President Hamid Karzai's office late on Wednesday.

ISAF previously said an initial assesment showed six people died in an incident in the area and at the time in question, and that a majority were "insurgents".


Reuters

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