April 29th, 2010
07:50 PM ET

France says troops killed 4 Afghan civilians

French troops killed four Afghan civilians during a skirmish with Taliban fighters in early April, the French military acknowledged Thursday.

The incident marks the first time the French military has confirmed its forces have killed civilians in the 8-year-old Afghan war, said Adm. Christophe Prazuck, a French military spokesman. It happened in eastern Afghanistan's Kapisa province on April 6, when French troops fired a rocket at a group of about seven Taliban fighters, Prazuck said.     

The French believed no civilians were in the area, Prazuck said. But five civilians were under a nearby tree, and four died as a result of the rocket strike. The fifth was wounded but is recovering, he said.

Civilian deaths at the hands of NATO troops have strained the relationship between Afghanistan and its Western allies in recent months.

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  1. JIm Smith

    Just l;ike proch monkeys hanging out in the ghettoe when ritoers go wild. Stay away from trouble sand n_gs.

    April 30, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tim Stone

    Afghans only cost a hundred dollars a piece so not so much money lost, it cost more to pay for the rocket, They should pay for the rocket

    April 30, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. killthemall

    That's just unfair to demean lives like that. You should be ashamed.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. JB

    It is never good to hear about civilian lives being lost. That being said, is this not a war? Stay away from the Taliban and your chance of survival will dramatically increase

    April 30, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Juan Torres

    when will France the US and other countries in that area grow up and thinking that they are peacekeepers of the world, that is their motto but what the really are people who like adventure and pulling a trigger is fun.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tim Stone

    for one, the number of comment shows how many people really care about the deaths over there, and who we are fighting there and what for? it is jobs, jobs, jobs, if you look at who these people and their level of sophistication and capabilities, do we really need to worry them attacking us over here, They are not all Osama', and where is he any ways? What are the GOALS of the NATO (US)

    April 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |