| GEO World|
| 47 civilians killed in US-led strikes in Afghanistan|
| Updated at: 1856 PST, Friday, July 11, 2008|
JALALABAD: An official investigation has found that US-led air strikes a week ago struck a wedding and killed 47 Afghan civilians, most of them women and children, officials said.
The US-led coalition had said that only militants died in the July 6 strikes in the mountains of eastern Nangarhar province.
A nine-member team appointed by President Hamid Karzai to look into the Nangarhar incident found that only civilians were killed in remote Deh Bala district, said the head of the mission, Burhanullah Shinwari.
"We found that 47 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in the air strikes and another nine were wounded," said Shinwari, who is also the deputy speaker of Afghanistan's senate.
"They were all civilians and had no links with Taliban or Al-Qaeda," he said.