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Afghan Officials Say NATO Forces Killed Six Civilians

Afghan officials say NATO-led forces killed six civilians in a night operation in northern Afghanistan.

Provincial Governor Sayed Anwar Rahmati said the raid was conducted in the Sayad district of Sar-i-Pul Province.

Michael Johnson, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), confirmed the operation but said coalition forces came under fire during the raid, so they engaged and returned fire, resulting in the death of those who had fired first.

Civilian casualties have been a major issue of contention between the Afghan government and international forces, who have been fighting the Taliban in the country since 2001.

compiled from agency reports