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NATO strikes kill six children in east Afghanistan

RIA Novosti

August 27, 2010

NATO air forces on Thursday killed six Afghan children during an air attack on Taliban positions in the troubled eastern province of Kunar, a local police chief said on Friday.

In the evening preceding the air raid, Taliban fighters had attacked a nearby police station in a mountainous district of the Kunar province. NATO aircraft subsequently headed for the scene to disperse the militants.

However, the NATO bombs killed a group of six children, aged 6 to 12, while they were collecting scrap metal, Khalilullah Ziayee said.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said NATO commanders were aware of the claims, which were being investigated.

One of the most troubled Afghan provinces, Kunar, rocky and impenetrable region, is considered to be a Taliban stronghold. The region has seen numerous US-led military operations.

KABUL, August 27 (RIA Novosti)

:: Article nr. 69231 sent on 27-aug-2010 19:36 ECT


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