10 civilians reported dead in NATO airstrike
A NATO airstrike has reportedly killed at least 10 civilians, including five children, in eastern Afghanistan.
The airstrike took place in the Shigal district of the Kunar Province, an area with a heavy Taliban presence. Afghan officials say the 10 dead civilians were from two local families.
District governor Abdul Zahir said three Taliban commanders, including a notorious Al Qaeda-linked militant leader called Shahpoor, were also killed in the raid. He said it was not clear if the owner of the targeted house was a member of the Taliban or a civilian, but the Taliban were visiting when the home was attacked.
NATO would not confirm whether any civilian deaths took place, but said it was investigating.
| So either Shahpoor and the boys were using the civilians as shields, or the 'civilians' were really camp followers. The good governor doesn't seem to know which is which...|
"We take every allegation of civilian casualties very seriously," a spokesman said.
The incident is likely to raise tension between the US and the Afghan government.
Posted by: tipper 2013-02-13