Afghan civilians killed in airstrike: NATO

International forces were targeting a Taliban commander in Helmand province.

Updated: Mar 26, 2011, 14:15 PM IST

Kabul: Afghan civilians were killed and wounded in an airstrike by international forces targeting a Taliban commander in the volatile southern province of Helmand, NATO said on Saturday, giving no details of numbers.
It said the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) called an airstrike on two vehicles believed to be carrying a Taliban leader and his associates, but later discovered they were transporting civilians.
"Afghan civilians were accidentally killed and wounded in Naw Zad district, Helmand province yesterday (Friday)," ISAF said in a statement, adding that it had launched an investigation into the incident.

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