French military admits killing four civilians in Afghanistan
The French military admitted Thursday that its troops accidentally killed four civilians in Afghanistan on April 6 in a missile attack targeting insurgents.
General staff spokesman Christophe Prazuck said "the firing of a Milan (anti-tank) missile was the cause" of the deaths of the four, who were hidden by trees during the strike in the Kapisa region of eastern Afghanistan.
"To our knowledge it is the first time such a thing has happened to French troops" who are taking part in the NATO mission against Taliban militants in Afghanistan, Prazuck told AFP.
He said one of the civilians died on the spot and three later of their injuries, while a fifth survived and is in hospital. Early reports at the time had put the death toll at three.
A separate attack involving NATO forces a day earlier further south also killed four civilians including a woman and a child, the alliance reported at the time.
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