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U.S. missile malfunctioned during airstrike, wounding at least five civilians in Kabul, officials say

U.S. missile malfunctioned during airstrike, wounding at least five civilians in Kabul, officials say

A malfunctioning missile during a U.S. airstrike caused multiple civilian casualties Wednesday during a counterattack near the international airport in Kabul, according to NATO officials in Afghanistan.

At least five civilians were injured during an airstrike on insurgents who had fired rockets and mortar shells and detonated suicide vests shortly after Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg had arrived in the Afghan capital for a visit, Afghan officials said.

The U.S.-led NATO force in Afghanistan said in a statement that an investigation of the errant missile was underway and that it “deeply regrets the harm to noncombatants.”

“We...

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