Afghan officials say 11 civilians,
including four children, were killed in an apparent mistaken air assault by U.S.
forces. The U.S. military says it is investigating the incident.
The reported incident took place Sunday in central Afghanistan's Uruzgan
Province, the site of recent fighting between U.S.-led coalition forces and
Haji Abdul-Rahman, the administrator for the district of Char Cheno, where
the air attack is said to have taken place, told VOA that the assault was carried
out by U.S. aircraft, killing non-combatants, including women and children.
He says U.S. troops had been operating in the area just prior to the incident.
Press reports quoted the provincial governor as confirming the civilian deaths.
U.S. Central Command, in charge of military operations in Afghanistan, could
not confirm the incident, but said it is investigating the reports.
"We are awaiting further information in order to release complete facts regarding
the presumed incident here," said Central Command spokeswoman, Lieutenant-Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel Williams says U.S. forces had skirmished with suspected
insurgents earlier at a compound near where the air strike reportedly took
"Coalition [soldiers] in Afghanistan did engage and kill five anti-coalition
insurgents at a compound that was north of Dae Rawood," she said.
U.S. forces are said to have mistakenly killed 15 civilians in two separate
incidents last month, both of which are under investigation.