Sunday, May 29, 2011

NATO airstrike killed 112 in Afghanistan: governor

by Abdul Moeed Hashmi, Pajhwok Afghan News,  May 28,  2011

JALALABAD (PAN): As many as 112 people were killed in an airstrike by NATO-led troops in the remote eastern province of Nuristan, a senior official said on Saturday.

Twenty-two policemen, 20, civilians and 70 Taliban fighters were among the dead, Governor Jamaluddin Badr told Pajhwok Afghan News, quoting a probe into the incidents.

Foreign soldiers conducted the air raid on Thursday to drive insurgents from Doab district, he said, adding Afghan forces recaptured the town late on Thursday night.

Up to 40 people, including district’s administrative head and police chief, were wounded, Badr added. Both officials were discharged from hospital after receiving treatment.

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