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A dozen civilians injured in Kunar clash

A dozen civilians injured in Kunar clash

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Aug 16, 2011 - 14:06

ASADABAD (PANinfo-icon): A dozen civilians, including womeninfo-icon and children, were wounded during a clash between Talibaninfo-icon and international troops in the eastern province of Kunar, officials said on Tuesday.

The incident took place late on Monday night when the militants stormed an International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) base from a nearby mountain in the Qalawoon area of Narang district.

Governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi told Pajhwok Afghan News some shells landed in civilian houses, injuring six children, four women and two men. He would not say who fired the shells.

Asadabad Civil Hospital Director Dr. Farooq Sahak confirmed receiving 12 injured people from the district. The wounded were in stable condition, he added.

Shells fired by US troops landed in two houses, including one of a government servant, wounding seven girls and two men, said Dr. Momin, the victims' attendant.

Area people, meanwhile, urged militants and ISAF troops not to clash near residential areas.

The ISAF media office in eastern Afghanistaninfo-icon said the troops targeted the area from where they were attacked. The civilians were injured by Taliban-fired shells, it alleged.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed NATOinfo-icon-led troops had suffered casualties in the attack. The soldiers targeted civilians in retaliatory fire, he said.

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