8 civilians killed in nato airstrike in Afghanistan

A NATO airstrike killed eight members of a family,including children,according to Afghan officials.

Written by Associated Press | Kabul | Published:May 28, 2012 1:46 am

A NATO airstrike killed eight members of a family,including children,according to Afghan officials. The US-led coalition said it was aware of the allegation and was probing the attack late Saturday in Paktia province.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai had warned earlier this month that civilian casualties could undermine a strategic partnership with the US that is to govern long-term relations after most troops withdraw by 2014.

NATO also reported Sunday that four coalition service members were killed in separate roadside bomb attacks Saturday in southern Afghanistan. The British Ministry of Defence said one of its soldiers was killed Saturday in an explosion in the Nahr-e Saraj region of southern Helmand province.

Rohullah Samon,a spokesman for the provincial governor,said Mohammad Shafi,his wife and their six children died in an airstrike around 8 pm in Suri Khail village of Gurda Saria district. “Shafi was not a Taliban. He was not in any opposition group against the government. He was a villager,” Samon said.

“We acknowledge that coalition forces were conducting an operation in Paktia province against a large number of insurgents last night,” Army Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings,a NATO spokesman,said,adding a probe was on.

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