UN Raises Concern Over 'Rising' Civilian Casualties In Afghan Air Strikes

UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has voiced concern over the "rising" number of civilian casualties as a result of air strikes by the international coalition or the Afghan Air Force.UNAMA said on September 25 it had received "multiple, credible allegations" that a strike hit the house of a teacher in the eastern province of Kapisa last week, killing nine members of the same family.Those killed in the September 22 strike included three women and four children, a statement said. Six others were wounded.Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish confirmed civilian casualties during a joint operation by Afghan and U.S. forces that involved air support.He did not give details about the incident, but said an investigation was under way.

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