Afghan officials: 10 children, 1 woman killed in NATO airstrike during operation in east
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan officials say a NATO airstrike killed 11 Afghan civilians, including 10 children, during a fierce gunbattle with Taliban militants yesterday that also left one U.S. civilian adviser dead in eastern Afghanistan
The U.S.-led coalition confirms that airstrikes were called in by international forces during the Afghan-led operation in a remote area of Kunar province near the Pakistan border. The coalition says it's aware of reports that civilians were killed but had no immediate information about their deaths.
A government official in Kunar province says the airstrike targeted a house. He says seven Taliban suspects also were killed and five other women were wounded inside the house.
A tribal elder in the area says the first planes appeared just after sunrise, following a night of heavy fighting as a joint U.S.-Afghan force carried out an operation targeting a senior Taliban leader. He says the main suspect was in the house and the woman and children, who ranged in age from 1 to 12, killed were members of his family.