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Afghan Officials: Woman and Children Killed In Nato Airstrike

By: AP
By: AP


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan officials say a NATO airstrike killed 11 Afghan civilians, including 10 children, during a fierce gunbattle with Taliban militants yesterday that also left one U.S. civilian adviser dead in eastern Afghanistan

The U.S.-led coalition confirms that airstrikes were called in by international forces during the Afghan-led operation in a remote area of Kunar province near the Pakistan border. The coalition says it's aware of reports that civilians were killed but had no immediate information about their deaths.

A government official in Kunar province says the airstrike targeted a house. He says seven Taliban suspects also were killed and five other women were wounded inside the house.

A tribal elder in the area says the first planes appeared just after sunrise, following a night of heavy fighting as a joint U.S.-Afghan force carried out an operation targeting a senior Taliban leader. He says the main suspect was in the house and the woman and children, who ranged in age from 1 to 12, killed were members of his family.

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