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NATO airstrike kills Afghan civilians

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The NATO force says it will conduct an investigation
  • A local governor says four civilians were killed
  • Afghan and coalition forces came under fire, officials say

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A NATO raid left four civilians dead -- including two children -- in eastern Afghanistan, a district governor told CNN on Thursday.

The International Security Assistance Force said "there is credible evidence" that civilians were killed in the airstrike in Ghazni province.

"ISAF deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries, and is committed to a thorough and transparent review of this incident," the international alliance said in a statement.

It did not detail how many civilians were killed.

The airstrike occurred Wednesday.

The casualties came about after Afghan and coalition forces came under gunfire while patrolling the area, the international alliance said in a statement.

ISAF deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries...
--International Security Assistance Force
RELATED TOPICS
  • Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan War
  • NATO

An air weapons team fired back, killing and injuring people, the statement said.

The wounded were taken to an International Security Assistance Force hospital and the coalition officials met with village elders to notify them.

The international alliance was formed under a U.N. mandate to bolster a secure environment and support the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

NATO took command in 2003.

CNN's Samson Desta contributed to this report.

 
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