NATO formally apologizes to the Afghan family of whom six members were killed in a NATO airstrike on Friday 4 May.
The strike in the Sangin area of the Helmand province was executed after insurgents attacked foreign and Afghan military forces in the area.
“At this point in the investigation, we are able to confirm the incident and will be formally apologizing in the next couple of days to the family,” said Lt. Col. Stewart Upton, a spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
The NATO said to deeply regret any civilian death, particularly when civilians are the victims of actions by ISAF. The governor of Helmand called the incident a mistake.
A second airstrike by NATO in the Badghis province was reported on Friday. Unconfirmed stories say 14 civilians were killed in the strike.
Civilian deaths have been a major issue between the Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the US, undermining the efforts of Karzai, NATO and the US to win popularity in Afghanistan.
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