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More civilian casualties reported in northeastern Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
The governor of Kunar province said that 64 civilians were killed by NATO and Afghan security forces last week.
The governor of Kunar province said that 64 civilians were killed by NATO and Afghan security forces last week.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NATO force is investigating reports of civilian casualties
  • Armed insurgents were targeted in Kapisa province
  • Allegations of such casualties also surfaced in another province Sunday
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Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Just days after the governor of an northeastern Afghanistan province claimed dozens of civilians were killed in a NATO-led mission targeting insurgents, new allegations of civilian casualties surfaced in a nearby province Thursday.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force is investigating the claims stemming from an operation Thursday morning in the Alah Say district of Kapisa province, the military said in a statement. Armed insurgents were the target, ISAF said.

"We take civilian casualty allegations very seriously; we'll investigate this incident as quickly as possible," said U.S. Army Col. Patrick Hynes, director of ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center.

The incident followed a statement Sunday from the governor of Kunar province, who said that 64 people -- including 22 women and 26 young boys -- were killed in a joint operation by ISAF and Afghan security forces over a few days last week.

ISAF said video evidence from the scene indicated 36 armed insurgents were killed.

That incident is also under investigation.

 
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