Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemns Nato air strike

Afghan villagers gather at a destroyed house Wedding celebrations were going on in this house in Logar province when it came under Nato attack on Wednesday

Related Stories

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned a Nato air strike on Wednesday, in which 18 civilians were reportedly killed.

Afghan officials said women and children were among the dead when Nato struck a village in Logar province during an anti-Taliban operation.

In a statement, Mr Karzai said the attack was "unjustifiable". Nato says it will investigate.

Civilian casualties in Nato- and US-led raids are a highly sensitive issue.

After a similar attack in eastern Afghanistan last month, Mr Karzai warned that civilian casualties caused by Nato could undermine the strategic partnership agreement he had signed with the US.

The 10-year accord outlines military and civil ties between the countries after the end of Nato's mission in Afghanistan in 2014.

Tribal elders and officials in Logar province told the BBC that top Taliban commanders had gathered at the house in a remote village in the district of Baraki Barak.

Afghan and Nato forces surrounded the house and warned the Taliban to surrender. Isaf, Nato's operation in Afghanistan, said that the troops came under fire.

Nato forces then called for an air strike.

An Isaf statement later said only two women were injured in the attack and they were taken for treatment.

But in his statement Mr Karzai said that the 18 people killed in the Nato attack were all civilians.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Asia stories



  • Cesc FabregasFair price?

    Have some football clubs overpaid for their new players?

  • Woman and hairdryerBlow back

    Would banning high-power appliances actually save energy?

  • Members of staff at James Stevenson Flags hold a Union Jack and Saltire flag UK minus Scotland

    Does the rest of the UK care if the Scots become independent?

  • Women doing ice bucket challengeChill factor

    How much has the Ice Bucket Challenge achieved?

  • Women in front of Windows XP posterUpgrade angst

    Readers share their experiences of replacing their operating system

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.