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Amnesty slams US-led forces for civilian deaths

Amnesty International on Thursday slammed the United States-led forces for civilian casualties in their air strikes on Afghanistan and sought clarification as to how the deaths took place despite promises that the military campaign would be directed against terrorist targets.

Referring to the deaths of four workers of the UN-funded agency Afghan Technical Consultants in the air raids on October 8, it said, "We have repeatedly called on all parties to the conflict to take every necessary precaution to avoid civilian casualties."

"When military action does result in civilian casualties, we request the relevant military authorities to provide an explanation as to what caused such casualties as well as what measures are being taken to avoid repetition of such incidents," the international human rights body said.

"If there is evidence that the rules of international humanitarian law have not been respected, a full investigation should be carried out and appropriate measures taken against anyone found responsible for wrongdoing," it said.

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