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NATO To Probe Claims It Killed 64 Afghan Civilians


NATO says it will investigate claims by Afghan officials that 64 civilians, many of them women and children, died in recent coalition operations in northeast Afghanistan.

Several officials, including Fazlullah Wahidi, the governor of Kunar province, said today that joint operations by Afghan forces and NATO-led foreign troops in the province have killed 64 civilians over the past four days.

Wahidi said 20 of the dead were women, 29 were children or young adults aged 7 to 20, and the remaining 15 were adult men.

The Agence France-Presse news agency cites Afghan President Hamid Karzai today as accusing NATO troops of killing more than 50 civilians during days of operations in eastern Afghanistan.

The coalition says it is sending investigators to the site to look into the allegations.

Civilian casualties in NATO-led military operations have long been a source of friction between the Afghan government and its Western partners.

compiled from agency reports
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