U.S.-led coalition troops killed 14 road-construction workers in airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan after receiving faulty intelligence...
KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S.-led coalition troops killed 14 road-construction workers in airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan after receiving faulty intelligence, Afghan officials said today.
The coalition said only that it was looking into the incident.
The engineers and laborers had been building a road for the U.S. military in mountainous Nuristan province and were sleeping in two tents in the remote area when they were killed Monday night, said Sayed Noorullah Jalili, director of the Kabul-based road-construction company Amerifa. There were no survivors, he said.
“All of our poor workers have been killed,” Jalili said. “I don’t think the Americans were targeting our people. I’m sure it’s the enemy of the Afghans who gave the Americans this wrong information.”
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The company has requested that the U.S. military investigate the source of its information, Jalili said.
Nuristan Gov. Tamim Nuristani said the coalition conducted airstrikes after receiving reports that “the enemy” was in the area, and hit the road construction workers as they were sleeping.
Jalili said the workers were from four nearby provinces, and all but three of the bodies were returned to their homes.
Earlier this year, foreign troops came under scathing criticism for conducting airstrikes based on poor intelligence and causing a number of civilian casualties.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai pleaded repeatedly with NATO and coalition troops to cooperate closely with their Afghan counterparts to prevent civilian deaths.
This has been the deadliest year yet for Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, with more than 6,000 people killed in extremist attacks and military operations, according to an AP tally of figures from Afghan and western officials.