Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Al Gore 'The modern climate movement was launched here'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Manchester, United

Read more

ENCORE!

TV series 'Top of the Lake: China Girl' screened at Cannes

Read more

FOCUS

A lifeline for women facing domestic violence in Pakistan

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Afghanistan's new TV channel by and for women

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Former minister accused of role in murder of two UN investigators in DR Congo

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Murder in Manchester': Press reacts to Arena terror attack

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Naomi Campbell hosts 'Fashion For Relief'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's visit to Israel in key images

Read more

Afghan civilians killed during coalition attack

Latest update : 2008-08-08

Four women and a child were killed when US-led troops engaged suspected Taliban militants in a gun battle in central Afghanistan.

 
US-led coalition troops "inadvertently" killed four women and a child in a gun battle in central Afghanistan that also left several militants dead, officials said Friday.
   
Troops were "threatened" by militants during an operation Thursday in Ghazni province aimed at a Taliban militant alleged to be coordinating foreign rebels in Afghanistan, according to a coalition statement.
   
"As coalition forces approached a compound, they were threatened by several armed militants.
   
"The force responded with small-arms fire, killing the militants and inadvertently killing four women and a child located with them," it said.
   
Several alleged militants were killed and three detained, the coalition said.
   
"The coalition regrets the death of these non-combatants," spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Rumi Nielson-Green said in the statement. "We are planning to conduct a full and thorough investigation."
   
There has been a series of incidents in the past weeks in which civilians have been killed in international military action against Taliban and other insurgents trying to bring down the Western-backed government.
   
On July 27, Canadian soldiers in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) killed two children after opening fire on a car that did not slow down near a military patrol in the southern province of Kandahar.
   
The day before, ISAF troops killed four civilians in similar circumstances in neighbouring Helmand.
   
Also last month, the coalition admitted killing eight civilians in an air strike against militants in the southwestern province of Farah.
   
It and ISAF are meanwhile investigating official Afghan reports that 64 civilians were killed in two strikes in northeastern Afghanistan early in the same month.
   
The mounting civilian casualties in international military operations seven years after the world sent troops to Afghanistan to topple the Taliban government angers Afghans and threatens to turn them against the soldiers.
   
The United Nations said in June that nearly 700 civilians had lost their lives in Afghanistan this year, about two-thirds in militant attacks and about 255 in military operations.
   

 

Date created : 2008-08-08

COMMENT(S)