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ISAF probes civilian deaths in Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 12:31 PM EST, Thu November 24, 2011
President Hamid Karzai has condemned what he said was a bombing by coalition forces that killed seven civilians in southern Kandahar province.
President Hamid Karzai has condemned what he said was a bombing by coalition forces that killed seven civilians in southern Kandahar province.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Initial reports put casualties at 7 dead, 6 of them children
  • Another two girls were wounded, officials say
  • ISAF and Karzai have each ordered investigations
  • ISAF calls the bombing "unfortunate"

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- President Hamid Karzai condemned Thursday what he said was a bombing by coalition forces that killed seven civilians, six of them children, in southern Kandahar province.

"Initial reports as stated by the district sub-governor himself indicate that an air strike carried out by the international forces in Siacha village in Zheri district killed seven persons including six children and injured another two young girls," Karzai's office said in a news release.

Karzai has ordered an investigation into Wednesday's incident, it said.

The United Nations-authorized International Security Assistance Force said Thursday it too has begun an investigation.

"This unfortunate incident occurred when coalition forces identified, and responded to, offensive actions by insurgents," ISAF said in a statement.

The commander's inquiry will be aided by a Joint Incident Assessment Team.

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