30 May '11, 6am

ISAF apologises for Afghan civilian deaths

ISAF apologises for Afghan civilian deaths

An Afghan man looks at the victim of an airstrike at a hospital in Khost province. Foreign forces in Afghanistan apologised for the deaths of nine Afghan civilians following an airstrike. -- PHOTO: REUTERS KABUL - FOREIGN forces in Afghanistan apologised on Monday for the deaths of nine Afghan civilians after President Hamid Karzai criticised an air strike which he and officials said killed 14, including children. The statement said that the strike in the southern province of Helmand was carried out on Saturday after insurgents who had earlier killed a patrolling marine hid in a compound and carried on firing. The compound hit by the air strike was home to civilians. Local officials said that five girls, seven boys and two women were among those killed by international forces. 'I want to offer my sincere apologies for the nine civilians who were killed during the incident ...

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