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Afghan government condemns third mistaken Nato air strike

media US Marines patrol a road in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, 21 February … Reuters

The Afghan government has strongly condemned a Nato air strike that killed at least 33 civilians Sunday. It was the third mistaken air strike since the start of a major military offensive in the south of the country, dubbed Operation Moshtarak, nine days ago.

President Hamid Karzai's government called the strike unjustifiable.

Nato aircraft bombed a convoy of vehicles on its way from Daykundi province to Kandahar, killing at least 33 people, including women and children, and wounding at least 12 others.

In a statement, Nato admitted the mistake, saying that its airmen believed they were firing on insurgents and promising in immediate investigation into the incident.

General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, earlier

apologised to President Hamid Karzai, the second time in a week that he has had to do so.
 

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