The Pentagon admitted: 10 civilians, including seven children, were killed in the US retaliatory strike after the terrorist attack in Kabul
The United States admitted that ten civilians were killed in Kabul as a result of the strike of the American MQ-9 Reaper drone on August 29. This was announced by Pentagon spokesman Kenneth McKenzie, presenting the results of the military investigation.
Mackenzie said that American intelligence monitored the car of 43-year-old charity worker Zemari Ahmadi for eight hours, believing that he may be associated with the terrorist group Islamic State in Khorasan. In particular, Ahmadi’s car was seen in the territory associated with terrorists.
At some point, Mackenzie says, the drone noticed that the men were loading what looked like explosives into the car, even though they were plastic water tanks.
“It was a mistake and I sincerely apologize,” Mackenzie said. According to him, it is unlikely that those killed had links to terrorists or posed a threat to US troops. The Pentagon is exploring how to pay compensation to the families of the victims.
Zemari Ahmadi worked for Nutrition and Education International, a Californian organization that helped hungry people in Afghanistan. Another killed, Ahmad Nasser, worked as a translator for the US military. Relatives of the victims said that the victims had visas to enter the United States and were waiting to be called to the airport for evacuation to the United States. The airstrike killed seven children, the youngest of them, Zumaia, was two years old.