Afghan officials, on Tuesday, admitted that most of the people killed in the recent Kunduz attack were civilians. The security forces had bombed a religious seminary – where previous claims suggested that the Taliban leadership had gathered – on April 2, killing and wounding more than 100 people. Afghanistan’s UN mission, in a statement, also said that it was investigating reports of serious harm to civilians in the attack.
The attack also drew the ire of Twitter uses both in Afghanistan and abroad:
Spoke to residents of Dasht-e Archi dist in Kunduz this morning (Tues), they say at least 100 people — all civilians — killed in an airstrike on a madrasa conducted by Afghan forces (who claim Taliban were gathered) Mon.
"We've spent all morning at burials," they say.
— Ali M Latifi (@alibomaye) April 3, 2018
US backed Afghan military airstrike kills 80 worshippers at a mosque in Kunduz today. pic.twitter.com/0HvPvWecpD
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) April 2, 2018
I have relatives in kunduz. I called them and they said 300 civilians are killed/injured. And the nearest hospital is 88 km away . So many injured are dead now. There was not a single member of Taliban present
— Real Afghan (@Fazal17Khan) April 2, 2018
Hamid Karzai strongly condemns airstrikes in Dasht-e Archi, Kunduz that killed and wounded civilians. Former President said “such raids, carried out in the name of fighting terrorism, on our homes, hospitals and religious facilities are against all principles"…
— Hamid Karzai (@KarzaiH) April 2, 2018
This is just awful, sickening, and beyond tragic. There's no other way to describe it. https://t.co/k9FkQWTPVq
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) April 3, 2018
We can give all sorts of justifications to fight the 'War on Terror' but after 16 years it's really a 'War on Children'. – Afghan air attack 'kills children' at Kunduz religious school @AJENews https://t.co/XLAL4llZUg
— Hussain Nadim (@HNadim87) April 3, 2018
Terrible reports coming out from Kunduz, Afghanistan, saying that a mosque has been attacked by airstrikes while a student ceremony took place. If true, it would be a total massacre. More news coming.
— Emran Feroz (@Emran_Feroz) April 2, 2018
'Not a terrorist': Civilians – mostly children- killed in Afghan air attack in #Kunduz. Officials say there were Taliban fighters in the gathering, many ask, how were children killed?
My latest for @AJEnglish on this tragic story https://t.co/Q4KI2UiE77
— Shereena Qazi (@ShereenaQazi) April 3, 2018
— Shafik Mandhai (@ShafikFM) April 3, 2018
I am deeply saddened by the news of civilian casualties in Dasht-e Archi of Kunduz. I offer my heartfelt sympathy to their families and loved ones and pray for enduring peace in the country. The killing of innocent Afghans under any circumstances is not acceptable. #Kunduz
— Hekmat Khalil Karzai (@HekmatKarzai) April 3, 2018