KABUL (AFP) - Two senior Afghan police officers alleged Saturday that the US-led coalition killed five civilians in airstrikes aimed at Taliban insurgents, but the force denied causing any civilian casualties.
The claims come after the coalition was also accused of killing more than 90 people, including 60 children, in air strikes in the west a week ago - a charge it denies.
"Five civilians, including two women and a child, were killed in an airstrike by coalition forces early this morning," Sayed Sakhidad, criminal investigation police chief for Kapisa province outside Kabul, told AFP.
Five Taliban were also killed, he said.
Kapisa's deputy provincial police chief Abdul Hamid Hakimi also said, "Five civilians and as many rebels, including a militant commander, were killed in the strikes.
" He gave the names of the civilian dead, whom he said were from the same family and included two females and three males, one of them 17 years old.
The coalition dismissed the allegations.
"There were no civilian casualties in that incident," a spokesman said.
The coalition said in a statement earlier that "several militants" were killed in the operation in Kapisa's Nijrab district, which started Friday.
Troops were looking for a Taliban commander involved in smuggling weapons and attacks on foreign soldiers when they came under attack from a compound, the coalition said.
Earlier, a suicide car bomb exploded near international troops in Kabul Saturday, leaving one wounded, while soldiers killed more than a dozen militants in clashes elsewhere, authorities said.
The Taliban insurgent movement said it had carried out the bombing.
A suicide attacker blew up a bomb-filled vehicle in the west of Kabul, city police chief Ayoub Salangi told AFP.
"There was a suicide bombing against international forces.
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Thank God there were no casualties.
The bomber died and the vehicle is in pieces," he said.
The defence ministry said meanwhile that more than 10 militants were killed in battles in Helmand that erupted after insurgents attacked an Afghan army patrol.
About 14 other militants were detained in other operations by Afghan troops in the eastern province of Khost near the border with Pakistan, it said in a statement.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 31-Aug-2008 here.