The UN mission in Afghanistan condemned civilian casualties as a result of a rocket attack in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) issued a statement on Sunday condemning the recent killing of nine civilians when explosive ordinance was fired into the village of Shahi Khil in Wardak.

The statement further added “Initial information indicates that the casualties resulted from the impact of a shell fired by the Afghan National Army. Four boys were among the nine killed in the 4 December incident and at least three other persons were injured near a mosque in the village.”

“UNAMA notes that President Ghani has assigned a delegation to investigate the incident and urges the Government to ensure an independent, impartial and transparent investigation and that those responsible be held accountable,” the statement said, adding that “The mission also urges the Government to provide appropriate compensation and support to victims and their families.”

The UN mission also added that it reiterates its call for all parties to the conflict, including pro-Government forces, to cease firing explosive weapons into civilian-populated areas and urged the Government to prioritize the development and approval of a national policy on civilian casualty mitigation backed by an action plan with concrete objectives to prevent civilian casualties in the conduct of hostilities.

A mortar shell landed near mosque in Syedabad district of Maidan Wardak province on Friday, leaving at least nine people dead, including four children.

The provincial governor Hayatullah Hayat said the delegation appointed to investigate the incident concluded their work on Satuday and three soldiers from where the mortar shell was fired have been arrested.

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