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Date of Release: 19 October 2006

President Karzai Expresses His Deep Regret at the Unfortunate Death of Innocent Civilians

 

Arg, Kabul – H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, expressed his deep regret at the unfortunate death of innocent civilians who were killed during NATO’s anti-terrorist operations in the provinces of Kandahar and Helmand

According to a report, the enemies of Afghanistan had taken shelter in a residential area in Ashogha village of Zheri district, Kandahar province, and during NATO’s anti-terrorist operations against them, 9 civilians were killed and 11 others were wounded.  

According to another report, the enemies of Afghanistan had taken shelter in a residential area in Tajikan village of Greshk district, Helmand province, and as a result of NATO’s anti-terrorist operations against them 11 civilians were killed.

 In his reaction to the news the President said “While the Government of Afghanistan is committed to the fight against terrorism, urges NATO forces to take maximum caution during anti-terrorist operations to protect the lives and safety of civilians.”

“I have mentioned this several times in the past that every effort should be made to ensure the safety of civilians and that inflicting harm to them is not acceptable to us. Once again, I urge NATO forces to take maximum caution during their military operations to avoid harming civilians.”

The President instructed the Governors of Kandahar and Helmand provinces to provide emergency assistance to the victims of the incidents.

The President expressed his heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims and prayed for the full and speedy recovery of the injured.

 

For further information, please contact:

Office of the Spokesman to the President

Tel.:  00 93 799 33 77 55

         00 93 799 90 94 29

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Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

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