President Karzai Strongly Condemns the Killing of Four Children in NATO Operation in Logar Province

October 23, 2012 - President Hamid Karzai condemns in the strongest possible terms the NATO military operation in Baraki Barak district of Logar province in which four children were killed.

As per the information by the provincial governor Mohammad Iqbal Azizi, NATO forces carried out an operation on Sunday afternoon to detain two armed militants, but resulted in killing four innocent children who were just grazing animals.

Strongly condemning the attack, President Karzai stressed that “despite repeated pledges by NATO to avoid civilian casualties, innocent lives including of children are still being lost in fighting a terrorism whose havens and sanctuaries remain safe outside Afghanistan’s borders.”

This morning, President Karzai telephoned the provincial governor to inquire more on the incident and instructed an all-out investigation, to be reported back to the President.