Three civilians killed by French forces in Kapisa province
By Ghanizada - Thu Jul 28 2011, 10:56 am
Thursday, July 28, 2011 – At least three civilians, including a woman and a child was killed after a French soldier opened fire on a civilian car in northern Kapisa province.
The incident took place late Tuesday night in Kapisa province, French military opened fire on car after its driver failed to stop near an army convoy, French military officials said.
The officials further added, three other civilians were also wounded in the incident.
The incident is followed as Afghan president Hamid Karzai has repeatedly warned international troops to take greater care and reduce the number of civilian casualties.
In a statement issued by Afghan Presidential office said, the French ambassador in Kabul has visited the presidential palace in Kabul to formally express his condolences and apologies for the incident.
The statement further added, President Karzai has condemned the incident and said that the apology does not return the lives of people.
Meanwhile, French defence minister Gerard Longuet said the soldier acted in self-defence when he opened fire on the car, and voiced “deep sorrow” over the deaths.
Currently, France has around 4,000 troops in the country operating under NATO-led coalition forces, most of them based in Kapisa province.
During his visit to Afghanistan on 13 July , French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that 1,000 French troops would leave by the end of 2012.
French soldiers have been part of the Nato-led forces in Afghanistan since 2001