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KABUL, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Tuesday confirmed the killing of90 civilians including women and children in Shindand district of western Herat province during air strike by U.S.-led Coalition forces against Taliban militants, a statement released here said.
"Investigations by UNAMA found convincing evidence, based on the testimony of eyewitnesses that some 90 civilians were killed, including 60 children, 15 women and 15 men," the statement said, "15 other villagers were wounded."
"This is matter of grave concern to the United Nations, I have repeatedly made clear that the safety and welfare of civilians must be considered above all else during the planning and conduct of all military operations," the statement quoting Kai Eide, the special envoy of UN secretary general to Afghanistan, as saying.