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Coalition forces regret civilian casualties in Helmand drone strike

By Ghanizada - Fri Nov 29 2013, 12:46 pm

ISAFThe NATO-led international coalition security forces regretted civilian casualties in a drone strike in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The alliance following a statement said, “The International Security Assistance Force confirms that an airstrike was conducted on a known insurgent riding a motorbike in Helmand province yesterday.”

The statement further added, “We are aware that according to the Governor of Helmand Province that in addition to the insurgent being killed, there was one child also killed and two women injured. ISAF, along with Afghan authorities, will immediately conduct an investigation into the incident.”

“ISAF deeply regrets any civilian casualties caused by this airstrike yesterday,” ISAF said in its statement.

“ISAF is committed to ensuring that all measures are taken to prevent civilian casualties. Coalition officials will work with Afghan officials to determine what happened and why. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those killed or wounded,” the statement added.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the drone strike in Helmand province and said the airstrike was carried out despite repeated calls by Afghan government and Afghan elders to stop raids on Afghan homes.

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