Amid dispute over Afghan civilian deaths UN team visits site of US

A team from the human rights unit of the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today visited Garoosh in the eastern province of Laghman, after a dispute arose over whether or not civilians had been killed in an attack there over the weekend involving United States forces.“Early, but as yet uncorroborated findings point to both civilian and anti-Government elements being among the dead,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York.UNAMA’s findings are still being verified, she added.Meanwhile, the UN Mission is awaiting the findings of a joint US-Afghan investigation into the incident, which occurred on Saturday.Afghan President Hamid Karzai was quoted in media reports as saying the attack led to the death of 16 civilians, while the US claims that 15 armed militants were killed in the incident. 27 January 2009A team from the human rights unit of the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today visited Garoosh in the eastern province of Laghman, after a dispute arose over whether or not civilians had been killed in an attack there over the weekend involving United States forces. read more