US-led airstrike kills 3 children in southern Afghanistan [PressTV]
October 16, 2012 Leave a comment
Two boys and a girl, who were collecting firewood, were killed in the airstrike in the Nawa district in Helmand on Sunday, district police chief Ahmad Shah Khan announced on Monday.
However, US-led NATO claims that three militants were killed in the offensive, and that it was investigating reports that children were killed.
The issue of civilian casualties in Afghanistan is highly sensitive and has been a major source of friction between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Washington.
Moreover, the loss of civilian lives at the hands of US-led foreign forces has dramatically increased anti-American sentiments in Afghanistan, triggering anti-US protests across the war-torn country.
The US claims its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.