Afghan Officials Say NATO strike Killed Women and Girls Gathering Firewood

Local officials in eastern Afghanistan say that a NATO airstrike supposedly targeting 45 armed insurgents, killed  killed eight women and girls. The alliance admits that some civilians may have been killed.

Laghman provincial government Sarhadi Zewak said the women were gathering firewood when they were hit by the strike. Seven other females were being treated in the hospital for injures, some as young as 10. Villagers carried the victims’ bodies to the local governor’s office while some chanted “Death to America!” said Zewak.

NATO initially reported that as many as 45 armed insurgents were killed in a “precision air strike,” but Major Adam Wojack, a spokesman for the Isaf later told the BBC that between five and eight civilians may have been caught in the crossfire in a tragic loss of life.





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