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PAN, December 6, 2008

Ten civilians killed in Helmand air strike

Ahmadi said they had initiated investigation that why ISAF forces bombarded the area.

Zainullah Stanakzai

Locals in Helmand province claim that ten civilians including women and children were killed in the air strike of coalition forces in the Nad-e-Ali district.

Haji Abdul Haq Helmandwal, a local elder said that a house in Shin village was targeted in the attack where six children and two women were killed.

According to figures compiled by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), between January and August of this year, 1,445 civilians were killed in the country, which represents 405 more deaths than occurred in the same period last year.
Spiegel Online, November 15, 2008

He said that six others were injured who were ferried by ISAF plane for treatment in their facility.

Helmandwal said that there was no war in the area and wondered why the coalition forces carried out the air strike.

Another resident of the area claimed he had so far pulled out ten dead bodies from the debris.

Cultural adviser to Helmand governor Daud Ahmadi also admitted that according to reports received by him two civilians were killed and six others were injured in the strike.

Ahmadi said they had initiated investigation that why ISAF forces bombarded the area.

ISAF press centre in Kabul told Pajhwok Afghan News that they will issue information about the incident after getting reports.

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