9 civilians, 7 insurgents killed in nighttime ISAF strike
The strike occurred late Monday, around midnight, in the Azra district of the province. Foreign soldiers bombarded Moalavi Rasul's and a neighboring house, Dr. Abdul Wali Wakil, the provincial council chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Wakil quoted the district council chief as saying that Moalavi Rasul and eight members of his family, including children, were killed in the strike. He added that seven Taliban, including four Waziristani fighters, were also killed and five other civilians injured.
Wakil quoted the district council chief as saying that Rasul was a simple and innocent person and that there was no reason for a civilian home to have been targeted.
The governor’s spokesman, Din Mohammad Darwesh, confirmed the attack and the civilian casualties and said that foreign soldiers had targeted two occupied houses.
He said that ISAF had reported that Taliban had planned an attack in the Azra district.
The ISAF media office in Kabul confirmed the operation but rejected reports of civilian casualties, adding that the strike was a combined operation between Afghan and international forces and that several insurgents had been killed.
Meanwhile, Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that 14 civilians were killed in the strike. He denied any casualties to to his fighters.
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