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UN probes civilian casualties in Kunduz

AT-KABUL: The United Nations has said they will investigate the disturbing report of serious harm to the civilians during military airstrikes conducted by the Afghan forces in northern Kunduz province.

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, or UNAMA, reminded all parties of their obligations to protect civilians from impact of the armed conflict.

“UNAMA [is] actively looking into disturbing reports of serious harm to civilians… Human Rights team on ground establishing facts,” the mission said.

Meanwhile, the Meshrano Jirga or Senate on Tuesday has strongly condemned the artistries that killed and wounded dozens of civilians.

There are conflicting reports regarding civilians casualties as even some media reported over 60 civilians have been martyred and around another 160 mostly children received injures. It is worth mentioning that public representatives and the government officials differed over who were killed the most in the airstrike—militants or the civilians.

The senators discussed the airstrike on a seminary called Hashimia Madrasa in Dashti Archi district and asked the government to punish those involved in irresponsibly bombing.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) released new information regarding the deadly airstrike, in which MoD Spokesman Gen. Mohammad Radmanish shared the latest information as well as pictures of the airstrike as he was updating the media during a press conference today.

Gen. Radmanish said the airstrike was carried out a main stronghold of the Taliban group in Dasht-e-Archi district which was also being used as the training camp by the group.

He said the raid was conducted based on accurate intelligence information and as a result several Taliban insurgents including eighteen of their leaders were killed.

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