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Mano Gai airstrike
DateMarch 1, 2011
LocationDara-I-Pech District, Kunar province, Afghanistan
Result nine children aged 8-14 killed and one wounded.

Mano Gai or Manogi airstrike refers to the killing of Afghan children in Mano Gai, Dara-I-Pech District, Kunar province, Afghanistan on March 1, 2011.[1][2][3]

Nine boys aged 8–14 were killed through gun fire from NATO helicopters while collection firewood for their family.[4][5][6]

The next day hundreds of Afghan villagers protested the killing chanting slogans against the United States and the Afghan government as they marched to the bombing site.[7] General David Petraeus said "We are deeply sorry" while Mohammed Bismil, the 20-year-old brother of two boys killed in the strike said "I don't care about the apology. The only option I have is to pick up a Kalashnikov, RPG or a suicide vest to fight."[8][9][10] President Hamid Karzai called the attack "ruthless".[11]

See also


  1. "NATO sorry for Afghan children's deaths". Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  2. (AFP) – Mar 1, 2011 (2011-03-01). "AFP: Young children killed in Afghan air strike: police". Archived from the original on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  3. "NATO Apologizes for Afghan Civilian Deaths | Asia | English". 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  4. AP (2011-03-02). "News / International : Afghan protesters rally against civilian deaths". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  5. "Channel 6 News » Gen. Petraeus confirms NATO troops killed nine children". 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  6. "Afghans say they've arrested suspected mastermind of UN attack that killed 7 foreign staff". The Republic. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  7. "ISAF Apologizes For Killing Afghan Children In Air Strike - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2011". 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  8. Rubin, Alissa J.; Rahimi, Sangar (2011-03-02). "Nine Afghan Boys Killed by NATO Helicopters". The New York Times. 
  9. "Petraeus Apologizes for Civilian Deaths | World". Epoch Times. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  10. Nissenbaum, Dion (2011-03-03). "General David Petraeus Apologizes for Deaths of Afghan Children -". Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  11. By ALISSA J. RUBIN and SANGAR RAHIMI • New York Times (2011-03-03). "NATO mistakenly kills 9 Afghan boys". Retrieved 2011-04-01. 

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