NATO expressed “deep regret” Wednesday following a coalition airstrike that killed eight Afghan youths last week.
International Security Assistance Force officials on Wednesday confirmed the death of civilians and said they were mistakenly assumed as militants and were killed during the air raid.
Gen. John R. Allen, ISAF commander, has expressed his sincere condolences on the loss of life, to the families and local community.
Gen. Allen said, “My command’s mission is to protect the civilian people of Afghanistan.”
He also said, “I take very seriously the loss of every Afghan life. We will continue to do all we can to ensure the safety of the Afghan population.”
Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the strike last week.
Civilian deaths as a result of action by the NATO-led international coalition have long caused anger in Afghanistan, adding pressure on international forces to withdraw.
In the meantime United Nations following a report recently expressed concerns for the growth of civilians casualties by 17% in 2011.