NATO air strike kills 16 including women, children in Afghanistan

Air raid in Watapor District of Afghanistan's eastern Kunar Province left 16 people, including 10 civilians, dead on Saturday, an official said Sunday.
"A drone attack against Taliban militants in Watapor District Saturday evening left 16 people dead, including 10 civilians and six Taliban rebels, including three Arab fighters," provincial police chief Habibullah Sayed Khili said.
Four women and four children were among those killed, he confirmed, saying a fifth child was seriously injured.
Meanwhile, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in a statement released here rejected the claim, saying the alliance killed 10 militants in the attack.
"We are aware of reports of allegations of civilian casualties in Watahpur, Kunar. We take all allegations of civilian casualties seriously. We can confirm Coalition Forces' conducted a precision strike yesterday in Watahpur District, Kunar Province, resulting in 10 enemy forces killed," the ISAF statement said.
"At this time, we have no reports of any civilian casualties in regards to this incident. We are continuing to look into the incident and will provide updates as appropriate," it added.
A Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid condemned the airstrike, saying all those killed and wounded civilians, including five women and seven children.

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