Afghan Leaders Admit Civilians Were Killed in Anti-Taliban Bombing

Afghan Leaders Admit Civilians Were Killed in Anti-Taliban Bombing Photo Two people wounded in an airstrike on a religious seminary received medical treatment at a hospital in Kunduz on Tuesday. Credit Najim Raheem/EPA, via Shutterstock KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — A day after Afghan security forces killed or wounded more than 100 people in the bombing of a religious seminary where they said senior Taliban figures had gathered, officials on Tuesday admitted that civilians had been among the casualties.
For much of Monday, even as the bodies of wounded and dead civilians — including children — arrived at local hospitals, the Afghan government maintained that its airstrike in northern Kunduz Province had killed only Taliban leaders in a nonresidential area. Late Tuesday, the office of President Ashraf Ghani acknowledged the harm to civilians and said the bombing would be investigated.
The United Nations mission in Afghanistan said it was “actively looking into disturbing reports of serious harm..