US admits air strikes 'likely' killed Afghan civilians
Nov.6, Kabul: US forces in Afghanistan conceded on Saturday that their air strikes in the northern province of Kunduz had "very likely" resulted in civilian killings.
At least 32 people, including babies, children and women, were killed and dozens wounded on Thursday when their houses on the outskirts of Kunduz city were bombed as they slept.
The killings sparked angry protests in the village of Boze Qandahari calling to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The strikes were in support of US and Afghan forces during an attack targeting senior Taliban commanders, according to local officials.
US military spokesman Charles Cleveland said an initial probe showed the attack "very likely resulted in civilian casualties".
General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, also admitted that the strikes had "likely" caused the loss of innocent lives.
"We will work with our Afghan partners to investigate and determine the facts and we will work with the Government of Afghanistan to provide assistance," he said in a statement.
The Oslo Times International News Network