ISAF following a statement on Sunday announced, “The International Security Assistance Force extends its deepest regrets and sympathies to the families and loved ones of civilians who died or were injured during coalition airstrikes on Sept. 16 in Laghman province.”
The source further added, “With ISAF’s initial assessment of the circumstances surrounding this incident, it can confirm that a number of Afghan civilians were unintentionally killed or injured during this mission which was undertaken solely with the intent of countering known insurgents. ISAF takes full responsibility for this tragedy.”
“ISAF offers its sincerest regret to the families. Coalition officials will soon meet with the family members of those who died or were injured”, ISAF said following the statement.
President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the killing of eight women as a result of a NATO airstrike in Laghman province.
Deeply saddened by the incident, President Karzai assigned an official delegation to visit the area for further probe into the incident and to report back on its findings as soon as possible.
Civilian casualties in the war between coalition forces and militants have generated grass-roots anger toward the combatants, and ISAF has been working for years to tackle the problem.