U.S. Officials Confirm/Apologize for Killing Family in Airstrike

The American military claimed responsibility and expressed regret for last Friday night’s airstrike that killed six members of a family in southwestern Afghanistan.

Spokesman, Dawoud Ahmadi, for Helmand Province Governor Muhammad Gulab Mangal, said an investigation revealed that a family home in the Sangin district was bombed by mistake in the American airstrike, called in to respond to a Taliban attack.

“We expressed regret over the incident, and we’re investigating to determine how this happened,” a spokesman for the United States military in Helmand, Lt. Col. Stewart Upton said.

“We are deeply saddened by any civilian death and particularly regret an incident where civilians are killed,” especially because of action by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, he said.

He added that General Gurganus “will be formally apologizing in the next couple of days to the family.”

According to Afghan officials a mother, her three girls and two boys were killed.



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