Kabul — President Hamid Karzai of Afgahnistan said U.S. forces had bombed a home in Helmand Province, killing a small child and injuring two women, and condemned the attack as another sign of disregard for civilian life, his spokesman said.
The attack occurred on Thursday, according to the president’s office.
The strike could not happened at a worse time, as Mr Karzai is engaged in a stand-off with the American government over a bilateral security agreement that will help shape the presence of US troops in Afghanistan after 2014.
“It shows that U.S. forces have no respect for the decisions of the Loya Jirga [council of elders] and life of civilians in Afghanistan,” said Karzai’s spokesman, Aimal Faizi. “If such operations continue, there will be no agreement.”
The child killed in Thursday’s bombing was two or three years old, Mr Faizi said, adding that the attack took place after the targeted individual ran into a home for safety, said reports.
“They give no importance to the life of civilians. They are killing civilians like flies,” he said
“That should have been a red line for them… Even if he was an insurgent they shouldn’t have fired on the house.”