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Children killed in Nato attack: Afghan officials


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Nato troops in Afghanistan. — Photo Reuters

KANDAHAR: Afghan officials said Monday that a Nato air strike killed three children while it was targeting Taliban insurgents planting mines on a road in southern Afghanistan.

Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) confirmed an air strike in Helmand province's Nawa district on Sunday, saying that three insurgents died and it was investigating reports that children were also killed.

“Two Taliban mine-planters were identified and targeted by Isaf from the air and killed,” district police chief Ahmad Shah Khan told AFP.

“Three children, two boys and a girl, who were nearby collecting firewood were also killed,” Khan added.

Farid Ahmad Farhang, a spokesman for Helmand police, confirmed the incident and said the raid killed two insurgents and three children.

Civilian casualties caused in Nato operations against insurgents are a sensitive issue in relations between the US-led force and the government of President Hamid Karzai.

Karzai often reacts angrily, arguing that such incidents turn people against his administration amid an ongoing insurgency by Taliban trying to bring him down.

Thousands of civilians are killed in the war each year, with the United Nations saying the vast majority of such deaths are caused by insurgents.

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CentComOverlord Oct 15, 2012 09:31am
No problem they were collateral damage...of no human value.
Anand Oct 15, 2012 09:54am
What is America doing in Afghanistan?
citizen Oct 15, 2012 02:39pm
Let's know their names, where they came from, their ages all that so they are not just some figures thrown into the dustbin of history.
Joe Oct 16, 2012 12:08am
A fair-minded person who wants to consider the complete picture could ask this question: why were the two Taliban men planting bombs into the ground where three children were present?
Suhail Iqbal Khalili Oct 15, 2012 07:47pm
The world will not mourn these innocent Afghan children killed by americans. Whereas another teen age girl Malala wounded in an alleged murder by taliban is being mourned by almost entire world in unison as she is pro-american. Pitiful and pitiful for all those muslims writers who r mourning at malala's great tragedy and forgotton these children and mass massacre of millions of muslims by invader america in Iraq n Afghanistan. "Iraq war is illegal" declares the then secretary general Kofi Annan. Has the world taken cognizance of these words from Mr. Kofi Annan.
Cyrus Howell Oct 15, 2012 08:14pm
Soon President Karzai will be able to manage his war alone. We will see how he does.
Well Done Oct 15, 2012 03:50pm
Dont asked such questions otherwise a drone will chase you