In memory of


25-30 civilians killed, including 13 children (aged 1 to 15) and 3 women:

Including Haji Abdul Haq Helmandi’s nephews, nieces and other relatives


during the afternoon of October 16, 2008

in Loy Bagh district the region of Nad Ali, Helmand Province, some 16 kms northwest of Lashkar Gah. NATO/British forces called-in an air strike at 12:40 PM which caused 3 homes where five families lived to collapse. Later, angry local people brought the bodies of 18 civilians (at least 6 women and children, some terribly disfigured) to Lashkar Gah, putting them (appropriately) outside the house of the provincial governor. A BBC reporter saw 18 bodies – all women and children - in Lashkar Gah. The photo below by a Pajhwok Affgan News shows the bodies:

Protests followed with crowds condemning British forces and the Afghan Government. The head of Helmand’s Provincial Council, Mohammad Anwar, told the independent Afghan Islamic Press that 28 persons (including 3 Taliban) were martyred in Nad Ali. A day later, Afghan officials in the bombed area said 25-30 civilians had perished in the NATO air assault. Mahboob Khan, the district chief, said that 18 bodies had been pulled from the rubble and that as many as 12 other bodies remained buried in the ruins.   


Precisely killed in a CAS attack by NATO war planes