NATO says sorry for killing children
THE commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan apologised yesterday for killing civilians, including women and children gathering for a wedding, in an air strike this week.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said 18 civilians were killed in the strike in Baraki Barak in Logar province.
"We didn't see the civilians. As the force approached the building, they were taken under fire," General John Allen said, according to a transcript released by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. He said the joint Afghan-US force called for the people shooting from the building to come out and "then the situation became more grave and innocent people were killed".