KUNAR: At least 10 Afghan civilians including five children were killed in a NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, local officials said.
The NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the strike in the Shigal district of Kunar province, but a spokesman said the alliance could not confirm civilian casualties.
“Foreign forces carried out the attack by themselves without informing us,” the governor of Kunar province, Fazlullah Wahidi, said. Four Taliban fighters were also killed in the air strike and five civilians wounded, he said.
The incident took place in the village of Chawgam and the 10 dead civilians were from two local families, Wahidi said.
Major Adam Wojack, a spokesman for ISAF, said that one of the fighters killed was a commander named Shahpoor. “We take all allegations of civilian casualties seriously and we are currently assessing the incident to determine more facts,” Wojack said.