The tragic incident in Panjwai District of Kandahar

Washington, D.C (March 11, 2012) - We are shocked and deeply saddened by the killing of 16 civilians, including 9 children and 3 women and the wounding of five other civilians in a tragic attack by a member of the U.S. Armed Forces that took place in Panjwai District of Kandahar Province this morning.

The Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC strongly condemns this inhumane act of violence against innocent people, expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those wounded in this incident.

The incident is currently under investigation by two delegations assigned by President Karzai and they will report back to the President as soon as possible. The individual or individuals responsible for this act shall be identified and brought to justice.