63 killed in Afghan east ops: Governor

Last Updated: Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 18:36

Asadabad: Military operations
and airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan have killed 63 people in
the past week, mostly civilians including 20 women, a
provincial governor said on Sunday.

They were killed mostly in air raids by the US-led NATO
force against suspected rebels in the eastern province of
Kunar, provincial governor Fazlullah Wahidi said.

"In total 63 people have died," the governor said, adding
that at least 20 of those killed were civilian women, 27 were
males aged between seven and 20 and three were elderly men.

He said there were 13 insurgents among the dead.
The governor said the raids in the province`s remote
Ghaziabad district were still ongoing.

NATO`s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
confirmed it was involved in an ongoing operation in the
troubled region but denied its troops had killed any

"We have no report of any civilian casualty," an ISAF
spokesman, US Major Michael Johnson said. Johnson said
ISAF was investigating allegations that seven civilians were
injured during the raids.

He said troops had reported that 26 armed insurgents had
been killed.

Afghan defence ministry spokesman, General Mohammad Zahir
Azimi said he was not aware Afghan troops were operating in
the region.


First Published: Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 18:36

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