(WASHINGTON) — President Obama responded to the death of Afghan civilians in Pakistan on Sunday, saying that he was “deeply saddened” by the incident, according to a statement from the White House.
“I offer my condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives, and to the people of Afghanistan, who have endured too much violence and suffering,” Obama said in a statement. “This incident is tragic and shocking, and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan.”
The White House National Security Council also issued a response, saying that it was “deeply concerned” and is “monitoring the situation closely.”
Meanwhile, Obama said he fully supports “Secretary Panetta’s and General Allen’s commitment to get the facts as quickly as possible and to hold accountable anyone responsible.”
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Andreas Preuss and Joe Sutton, CNN
Chandrika Narayan and Steve Almasy, CNN
Holly Yan, David Williams and Steve Almasy, CNN