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Firefight kills civilian woman in southern Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Insurgents fire on coalition and Afghan forces in Helmand province
  • Forces try to emphasize loss of civilian life

(CNN) -- An Afghan woman was shot and killed during a firefight between coalition forces and insurgents in the country's south, NATO's International Security Assistance Force reported Thursday.

Afghan and coalition forces came under small-arms fire Wednesday in the Musa Qal' ah district of Helmand province when they fired back at the insurgents, hitting the woman.

"We must continue our emphasis on reducing the loss of innocent civilian life to an absolute minimum," said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres. "We know that success will be determined by our ability to protect the people of Afghanistan."