WASHINGTON — The United States and other countries in the coalition fighting against the Taliban “deeply concerned by reports of summary killings,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday after the Afghan government said authorities were investigating allegations that members of the Taliban killed more than 100 civilians in a suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan.
Pompeo said in a statement that American forces would continue to carry out their mission in Afghanistan to support the Afghan security forces, and that coalition forces and allies would “continue to partner and assist” Afghan forces in the fight against the Taliban.
The attack Saturday by the Taliban in Kunduz province killed scores of civilians, injured more than 200, and prompted an investigation by the Afghan government.
“We call for full accountability on all those responsible for these deplorable acts, and we reiterate our call on all parties to avoid civilian casualties, deliberate targeting of civilians and any deliberate targeting of schools,” Pompeo said.
This is the second week in a row when the State Department has issued a statement on a horrific incident in Afghanistan, where the U.S. has 2,000 soldiers in support of the Afghan military and roughly 10,000 U.S. forces overall.
The Department of Defense on Wednesday said coalition forces came under fire and killed eight attackers and wounded three on a mission in eastern Afghanistan, a day after U.S. forces killed four Islamic State militants in battle in the east of the country.
On Friday, President Donald Trump condemned “appalling murders” in a separate incident, when American service members shot and killed two American contractors working with the U.S. military in Afghanistan who were alleged to have had American passports.