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NATO confirms civilian deaths in S. Afghan town, vows to conitnue night raids

05-30-2011 19:18 BJT

KABUL, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The spokesman of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday confirmed that nine civilians were killed in an air strike during an operation against Taliban militants in the volatile southern Helmand province late Saturday night.

"During a fire fight with insurgents, an airstrike killed nine civilians in Now Zad district, Helmand province. We take civilian casualties very seriously and we share the concerns of the Afghan government and citizens," Brigadier-General Josef Blotz told reporters in a weekly press conference.

However, Afghan officials insisted during the air raid in the restive Helmand province, a total of 14 civilians, majority of them children were killed.

After Saturday's dead of civilians, Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday once again called on NATO and U.S. troops to avoid operations that kill civilians, saying it was his "last warning" to Washington.

When his comment sought towards President Karzai's remarks, ISAF spokesman said, "he could not make any comments since it was a high level political issue."

Nevertheless, the spokesman of over 140,000-strong NATO-led troops with nearly 100,000 of them Americans said that "night raid operations were very necessary element of ongoing counter- insurgency camping against Taliban insurgents."

He made the comments after Afghan President on Saturday ordered Defense Ministry to take charge of all night raids which according to Afghan government often cause civilian deaths.

"We do not conduct unilateral operations," Blotz emphasized.

The deaths of Afghan civilians by NATO-led troops during operations against anti-government militants have long been a contentious issue between the Afghan government and U.S. and NATO forces in the insurgency-hit Afghanistan.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Xinhua

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