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Sunday
May292011

Afghanistan Officials: ISAF Airstrike Results in Civilian Deaths

ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- An investigation has been launched into allegations that an airstrike by coalition forces on Saturday killed over a dozen people in Afghanistan.

According to a statement from the Helmand Governor’s Office, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) launched an airstrike in the Nawzad district of the Helmand province, in which two civilian houses were hit. The statement went on to say that a total of 14 civilians were killed by the airstrike, among them 12 children and two women. Six other civilians were also said to have been injured by the strike.

Helmand officials say the airstrike occurred after insurgents had attacked ISAF troops.

The governor’s office said it "condemns this deep sorrow incident" and is requesting that ISAF forces stop airstrikes that result civilian casualties.

The ISAF did not immediately confirm the civilian deaths.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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