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Karzai condemns civilian killings in Kunduz

AT-KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned the killing of civilians by foreign airstrikes in Kunduz province.  In a statement issued from his office, he said: “I condemn in strongest possible terms the foreign airstrikes in Kunduz that caused the death to civilians, including many children and women.”

The former president has once again raised deepest concerns over the fatalities among the civilians, and said: “As I have repeatedly stated, the campaign against terrorism should be in the sanctuaries, not in Afghan homes or villages.”

He reiterated that any attack under any pretext on villages and homes of Afghans is not acceptable.

Furthermore, he said that such attacks not only affect civilians, but also cause casualties to the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army.

He termed the continuation of similar attacks terrible and demanded an immediate stop to the airstrikes. Karzai wished paradise for the martyrs and patience for the victim families.

At the same time, Karzai expressed deepest regrets over deplorable incident in Faryab province, in which a number of countrymen, including children and women were killed and a number of others were wounded.

Karzai wished paradise for the martyrs, rapid recovery to the wounded and patience to the victim families.

According to provincial security forces, eleven people were killed and 12 others, including the bride, were wounded on Thursday when a mortar shell hit a house where a wedding party was underway. The incident was took place in Khawaja Sabz Posh district of northwestern Faryab province, where children and women were among the killed. In addition to that, 30 others received injuries.

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