Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday condemned a US-led coalition air strike his government says killed 76 civilians, most of them women and children.
“Today in the afternoon during a bombardment of coalition forces 76 people, including 19 women, seven men and the rest children under 15 years of age were killed,” the interior ministry said in a statement on Friday without mentioning the place where the gruesome airstrike took place.
The ministry has sent a 10-member delegation to the area to investigate the case, it said, adding that a number of civilians were also wounded, some critically in the strafing in Shindand district.
US-led coalition forces earlier had said they had killed on Friday 30 Taliban militants in an operation, backed by close air support in the same district. The killed in Herat bombing included one of the Taliban commanders, Mullah Sadiq, a US military statement said.