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Karzai forms body to probe Kunar civilian casualties

14 February, 2013

KABUL: Condemning the death of 10 civilians in a NATO blitz in Shegal district of Kunar province, the Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday (February 13) constituted a commission to probe the incident.

Ten civilians have been killed and four more injured in an airstrike by the NATO troops in Shegal district of Kunar province, a president's office press release available with the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) stated.

A commission headed by presidential adviser Shujaul Mulk Jalala has been dispatched to the area to investigate the incident besides presenting condolence of President Hamid Karzai to the families of deceased people.

"Condemning the attack, Hamid Karzai reiterated his stance that terrorism does not exist in village and houses of Afghans, and war against terrorism here would not get success," the press release added.

A combined force conducted ground and air operation in Shaltan area, Shegal district, Kunar province last night, killing 10 civilians and injuring four more.

The dead included five minors, four women and a man while all the injured are children, the Kunar Governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

An area resident told the AIP that the security forces also arrested seven civilians in the operation.

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