RT: Women, Children, Among 18 Afghan Dead in NATO Strike!
A NATO airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Logar has killed 18 people, including women and children, local officials report. A NATO spokesperson said a team had been deployed to investigate the claims of civilian casualties. Local officials said on Wednesday that the pre dawn strike on a house in eastern Logar province killed five women, seven children and six men, some of whom may have been militants. AFP news agency also released a photo with victims piled into the back of a vehicle. Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai issued a statement on Thursday, saying all 18 people killed in a NATO air strike on Wednesday were civilians. The Afghan president has called the incident "unacceptable." NATO forces insist that at least some of the victims were militants and have sent an assessment team to investigate the case. Local villagers are now reportedly driving the bodies to the capital of Logar province to protest the NATO strike, which they say hit a house in the district of Baraki Barak. ISAF released a statement, confirming a pre-dawn operation aimed at the capture of a Taliban leader in Logar. "During the operation, insurgents attacked the Afghan and coalition troops with small-arms fire and a grenade," said the NATO statement. In response, alliance forces "returned fire and requested a precision airstrike." Meanwhile, multiple blasts killed 22 people and wounded at least 50 others, as three suicide bombers blew themselves up in the southern city of Kandahar on Wednesday. One bomber detonated a three-wheeled motorbike filled with explosives,police said. Then, as people rushed to assist the wounded, two other bombers walked up to the scene and blew themselves up. The attack took place about five kilometers from the main gate of a massive military installation run by NATO, and some 500 meters from an Afghan military base.