NATO admits to killing of civilians in 2016 Afghanistan attack

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Asia
Thursday, 12 January 2017

The military alliance’s Afghan Resolute Support Mission made the admission in a report on Thursday. The acknowledgement came after a US military probe into the incident officially revealed the perpetrators behind the carnage, which occurred near Kunduz on November 3 last year.

“The investigation determined, regretfully, that 33 civilians were killed and 27 others wounded,” NATO said in the report, referring to the US probe.

The deadly incident, which is considered one of the most contentious ones involving US-led NATO forces during 15 years of their military campaign in Afghanistan, took place when NATO ground forces called in an airstrike against Taliban militants holed up inside civilian homes in the Buz Kandahari Village in the vicinity of Kunduz.

Civilian men, women and children were “likely inside the buildings from which the Taliban were firing,” the NATO report said, adding that two US troops and three Afghan commandoes had also been killed in the firefight.

Following the attack, angry local people took corpses to the local governor’s offices to show their anger and staged a protest demonstration.

Three days after the violence, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) censured the loss of civilian lives during the US-led operation in the village and announced that it had launched an investigation into the incident. The findings of the UN probe are due to be released by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, the US investigation has cleared the troopers involved in the attack, who it said had acted in “self-defense.”

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