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#UNAMA says it verified 107 casualties, 81 were children, from the #Afghan military air strike.

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    Rockets and heavy machine guns fired from Afghan government helicopters killed and wounded at least 107 boys and men attending a religious ceremony near the northern city of Kunduz last month, according to a UN report.

    Villagers in the Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz province said that dozens of people, including many children, had been killed in the 2 April attack, prompting the UN to launch an investigation.

    The UN report published on Monday underlined the risks of a new strategy, developed with US advisers, which has seen a significant increase in Afghan airpower, with helicopters equipped with rockets and attack aircraft deployed to try to break a stalemate with the Taliban.

    “A key finding of this report is that the government used rockets and heavy machine gun fire on a religious gathering, resulting in high numbers of child casualties,” the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said.

    According to the report, at least 36 people, including 30 children, were killed and 71 wounded, leading to questions “as to the government’s respect of the rules of precaution and proportionality under international humanitarian law”.

    Investigators verified 107 victims but had received lists from various sources indicating more than 200 casualties, the report said. There were serious concerns about the incident that required further investigation, but the UN report said it was not in a position to determine whether the attack amounted to a violation of international law.

    Last month, the Afghan government said the attack was intended to hit members of a senior leadership group based in the Pakistani city of Quetta, who it said were in the area.

    It also targeted members of a Taliban “Red Unit”, or special forces group, that was planning an attack on Kunduz city, which has been overrun by insurgent forces twice since 2015.

    According to the UN report, based on interviews with over 90 witnesses, the helicopters swooped down, firing rockets and .50-calibre machine guns into a crowd attending a so-called dastar bandi ceremony in Dasht-e Archi. The ceremony celebrates boys who have learned the Koran by heart.

    It said as many as 12 rockets may have been fired at the ceremony held in a field about the size of a football pitch that was adjacent to a madrassa.

    The helicopters continued to attack as people fled towards nearby roads and houses but the UN could not verify allegations that they had deliberately targeted civilians and could not determine the civilian status of each person killed or injured.

    In the wake of the attack, the government acknowledged that civilians had been killed and President Ashraf Ghanī ordered an investigation but so far no results have been made public.

    The UN had expressed concern over the high number of casualties from air attacks even before the Dasht-e Archi incident, with 67 deaths and 75 injuries in the first three months to the end of March.

    In October 2015, 42 people were killed in a US airstrike on a hospital in Kunduz city run by the medical aid group Médecins Sans Frontières.

    Rockets and heavy machine guns fired from Afghan government helicopters killed and wounded at least 107 boys and men attending a religious ceremony near the northern city of Kunduz last month, according to a UN report.

    Villagers in the Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz province said that dozens of people, including many children, had been killed in the 2 April attack, prompting the UN to launch an investigation.

    The UN report published on Monday underlined the risks of a new strategy, developed with US advisers, which has seen a significant increase in Afghan airpower, with helicopters equipped with rockets and attack aircraft deployed to try to break a stalemate with the Taliban.

    “A key finding of this report is that the government used rockets and heavy machine gun fire on a religious gathering, resulting in high numbers of child casualties,” the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said.

    According to the report, at least 36 people, including 30 children, were killed and 71 wounded, leading to questions “as to the government’s respect of the rules of precaution and proportionality under international humanitarian law”.

    Investigators verified 107 victims but had received lists from various sources indicating more than 200 casualties, the report said. There were serious concerns about the incident that required further investigation, but the UN report said it was not in a position to determine whether the attack amounted to a violation of international law.

    Last month, the Afghan government said the attack was intended to hit members of a senior leadership group based in the Pakistani city of Quetta, who it said were in the area.

    It also targeted members of a Taliban “Red Unit”, or special forces group, that was planning an attack on Kunduz city, which has been overrun by insurgent forces twice since 2015.

    According to the UN report, based on interviews with over 90 witnesses, the helicopters swooped down, firing rockets and .50-calibre machine guns into a crowd attending a so-called dastar bandi ceremony in Dasht-e Archi. The ceremony celebrates boys who have learned the Koran by heart.

    It said as many as 12 rockets may have been fired at the ceremony held in a field about the size of a football pitch that was adjacent to a madrassa.

    The helicopters continued to attack as people fled towards nearby roads and houses but the UN could not verify allegations that they had deliberately targeted civilians and could not determine the civilian status of each person killed or injured.

    In the wake of the attack, the government acknowledged that civilians had been killed and President Ashraf Ghanī ordered an investigation but so far no results have been made public.

    The UN had expressed concern over the high number of casualties from air attacks even before the Dasht-e Archi incident, with 67 deaths and 75 injuries in the first three months to the end of March.

    In October 2015, 42 people were killed in a US airstrike on a hospital in Kunduz city run by the medical aid group Médecins Sans Frontières.


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    Bandar ke hath mein ustra !
     
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    And local newspapers in Pakistan were all blaming US forces that they were the ones which carried out the attack at Kunduz resulting in the killing of many young Afghan kids.
     
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    Simple show of sectarian killing, this has been going on from almost 2 decades.... this is Pashtoon genocide, patronized and aided by US & India.
    This Pashtoon genocide is by design. More to come and don't forget Pakistan have large number of Pashtoons.....
    Keep watch on trouble makers.... as we say fitna makers.
     
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    Its Afghani's killing Afghani's , what's new here ?
     
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    The afghans blamed PA, stating they carried out raids. When will the nightmare for Afghans end?
     
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    Has the PTM protested this 'atrocity' by the Afghan's?

    Their twitter feed showed them praying "in solidarity with Afghans killed in terrorist bombings" under the Afghan flag.

    The PTM made such a big deal out of "Pakistan Army soldiers being rude at check-posts' that one would think they would be absolutely livid over the massacre of over 100 innocent souls, including many children.
     
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    Afghan air force fired rockets, machine guns on religious ceremony: UN
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    Afghanistan’s air force sprayed an outdoor religious gathering with rockets and heavy machine gun fire last month killing and wounding 107 people, mostly children, a UN report said Monday.

    The April 2 airstrike struck a ceremony attended by hundreds of men and boys in Dasht-e-Archi district, a Taliban stronghold in the northern province of Kunduz, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said.

    The government and military have said the Afghan Air Force (AAF) targeted a Taliban base where senior members of the group were planning attacks. But Afghan security sources and witnesses told AFPthat AAF helicopters struck a madrasa where a graduation ceremony had been under way.

    Civilian casualties in Afghan airstrike on madrassa

    During its weeks-long investigation, UNAMA verified that 36 people were killed — 30 of them children — in the attack. Seventy-one people were wounded, including 51 children, it said.

    However it said the tolls could be higher, adding that it received “credible information” suggesting at least 38 people had been killed and 84 injured.

    “A key finding of this report is that the government used rockets and heavy machine gun fire on a religious gathering, resulting in high numbers of child casualties,” UNAMA said.

    UNAMA’s casualty toll is lower than the original toll of 59 dead and 57 wounded given to AFP by security sources and health officials.

    Its investigators could not confirm if the casualties were all civilians or whether Taliban leaders had been present at the time of the airstrike.

    “However, even if the government had a legitimate military target, UNAMA questions the extent to which the government undertook steps and concrete measures to prevent civilian casualties,” the report said.

    The defence ministry, which had initially denied civilians were among the dead and wounded, was not immediately available for comment.

    It later blamed the Taliban for shooting the civilians. It said 18 Taliban commanders were killed and 12 were wounded in the airstrike.

    But Naim Mangal, a doctor at the hospital, told AFP at the time that “all the victims” had been “hit by pieces of bomb, shrapnel”, not gunshots.

    Top Islamic State commander in Afghanistan killed in airstrike: officials

    Government officials in both Kabul and Kunduz gave conflicting figures, with some denying any civilians had been killed or that a madrassa had been hit.

    The government has sent two teams to conduct an investigation into the incident but so far neither team has “publicly reported their findings”, UNAMA said.

    While it could not determine if the government had violated international humanitarian law, it called for “further investigation”.

    “The mission urges the government to investigate, fully document and conduct a transparent review of the circumstances that led to this incident and to take immediate steps to ensure accountability for those responsible along the chain of command,” the report said.
     
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    well what did you expect from hashish addicted afghan pilots??? :hitwall:
     
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    American giving helicopters and weapons to ANA.
     
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