‘150 Afghan Civilians’ Killed in Fresh U.S. Strikes
6 May 09 | PTV
Afghan officials say up to 150 non-combatants including women and children have been killed in fresh US-led strikes in the western Afghanistan.
The civilians were killed on Tuesday when US warplanes dropped bombs on two villages in Bala Baluk district in the western province of Farah.
Balqis Roshan, a member of the Farah provincial council, said she believed more than 150 civilians were killed in the attacks.
Abdul Ghafar Watandar, the provincial police chief, said 17 houses were destroyed in the lethal strikes, killing “120 civilians”. Sources, however, said the death toll could rise further as bodies were still being pulled from the rubbles.
A team of Red Cross investigators confirmed civilian casualty in the strikes.
“We can absolutely confirm there were civilian casualties,” said Jessica Barry, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross.
US-led forces have acknowledged carrying out the air strikes in the region.
The developments come ahead of a meeting between US President Barack Obama and President Karzai of Afghanistan in Washington on Wednesday.
Karzai says he will raise the issue with Obama.
The civilian death toll is one of the highest since US-led forces invaded the country in 2001.