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NATO disputes claim of 11 civilian deaths in Afghan strike

NATO disputes claim of 11 civilian deaths in Afghan strike

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan officials said Sunday that a NATO air strike in the eastern part of the country killed 16 people, including 11 civilians, a version countered by the international coalition, which said in a statement its attack killed 10 militants with no reported civilian casualties.

Civilian deaths and injuries at the hands of foreign troops remain a highly sensitive political issue in Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai in February banned Afghan security forces from calling in air strikes in residential areas after 10 civilians were allegedly killed in a NATO night attack in Kunar.

Shujaul Mulk Jalala, the governor for eastern Kunar province, said the strike...

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