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UN Investigating Deadly U.S. Air Strikes In Afghanistan


Kunduz Residents Protest Deadly Air Strike In Afghanistan
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WATCH: Afghans in the northern city of Kunduz displayed bodies of people they said were killed by an air strike. Many were children. Local officials said the attack hit the outskirts of Kunduz on November 3 and killed at least 26 people. The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan released a statement saying: "U.S. forces conducted strikes in Kunduz to defend friendly forces." It added that "All civilian casualty claims will be investigated." (RFE/RL's Afghan Service)

The United Nations says it is investigating the deaths of dozens of civilians killed in U.S. air strikes in northern Afghanistan.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said at least 32 people had been killed and 19 wounded in the strikes in the Buz-e Kandahari area of Kunduz, the vast majority women and children.

UNAMA said 95 people had been killed and 111 injured in the past week alone, adding to the rising civilian casualty total in Afghanistan.

"The loss of civilian life is unacceptable and undermines efforts toward building peace and stability in Afghanistan," Tadamichi Yamamoto, the secretary-general's special representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, said in a statement late on November 6.

The U.S. military acknowledged on November 5 that the air strikes had probably caused civilian casualties and pledged an investigation.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, expressed deep regret for the loss of innocent life.

With reporting by Reuters
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