Afghans killed in rocket attack | News | Al Jazeera

Afghans killed in rocket attack

Karzai orders probe after Nato forces say they killed nine people in attack.

    Karzai's office said that a 'rapid' investigation
    was needed into the strike [Reuters]

    'Placing IED'

    "Isaf can confirm ... a single surface-to-surface rocket strike took place near Babaji village in Lashkar Gah against a group of nine individuals whom were believed to be involved in emplacing an IED [improvised-explosive device]," an Isaf statement said.

    "Isaf forces were not aware of any civilians in the vicinity at the time of the strike. Only those involved in the IED emplacement were targeted."

    Karzai's office said that he had ordered a "rapid" investigation and that the president "strongly condemned the attack".

    International forces in Afghanistan have come under heavy criticism from the local population and Kabul for mounting civilian deaths in their attacks.

    "Isaf takes all credible allegations of civilian casualties very seriously and investigates each allegation to determine the facts," a spokeswoman said.

    "If any civilians were injured through our actions we deeply regret it."

    Nato forces are in Afghanistan following the US' invasion in 2001 aimed at removing the then Taliban government - accused of harbouring al-Qaeda operatives - from power.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.