Monday, 18 October 2021 09:04 GMT

10 civilians killed in Kabul drone strike, admits US general


(MENAFN- IANS)

Washington, Sep 18 (IANS) Kenneth McKenzie, Commander of US Central Command, admitted on Friday that a US drone strike in late August in Kabul killed as many as 10 civilians, including 7 children.

"Having thoroughly reviewed the findings of the investigation and the supporting analysis by interagency partners, I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children, were tragically killed in that strike," McKenzie told reporters during a Pentagon press briefing.

"We now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K, or were a direct threat to US forces," Xinhua news quoted him as saying.

The general admitted the deadly strike was a mistake.

"As the combatant commander, I am fully responsible for this strike and this tragic outcome."

The US Central Command said on August 29 that it launched a drone strike on a vehicle in Kabul, which it claimed had eliminated an "imminent" threat, posed by ISIS-K, an Afghanistan-based offshoot of the Islamic State, to the Hamid Karzai International Airport, where evacuations of US service members and personnel were underway.

--IANS

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