Afghan NATO airstrike kills 11 children

Afghan NATO airstrike kills 11 children

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned a series of NATO air strikes, that have reportedly killed 11 children near the Pakistan border.

The attacks occurred in the Shigal district of the Kunar province, and are reported to have been a joint Afghan-NATO operation.

The international coalition ISAF says it is yet to independently verify the deaths, but has confirmed the strike did occur in the Shigal region.

President Karzai has ordered a government investigation into the killings.

He says while he does condem the use of civilians as shields for Taliban insurgents,  any operation that leads to the death of civilians is unacceptable.

Shigal district governor Abdul Zahir says the children’s bodies have now been brought into the town centre.

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