A four-year old boy was inadvertently killed by U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, according to Afghan officials. The Helmand province governor’s office told Reuters “that U.S. Marines based in the violence-plagued province mistakenly shot the boy on Wednesday because visibility was poor.”
“As the weather was dusty, the Marine forces based there thought he was an enemy and opened fire. As result of mistaken fire, he was killed,” Omar Zwak, the spokesperson, told Reuters.
The U.S./NATO-led force said it would investigate the incident and that “all possible measures were taken to avoid civilian casualties,” according to Reuters.
“We have called… for an absolute end to ISAF/NATO military operations on homes and villages in order to avoid such killings where innocent children or civilians are the victims,” said a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai in commenting on the boy’s death.