NATO air strike kills Afghan family

Afghan officials said Monday that a couple and their four children were killed overnight when a NATO air strike mistakenly hit their home.

“The air strike was originally targeting three insurgents who were planting mines on a road. One missile mistakenly hit a house and killed six civilians, all members of the same family,” Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, Nangarhar provincial spokesman, told AFP.

Mohammad Hassen, governor of Khogyani district, confirmed the incident.

The missile strike came the day after President Hamid Karzai accused NATO troops of killing some 50 civilians in five days of air strikes in the neighbouring Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan.

NATO confirmed the latest incident and said it was looking into whether civilians were killed. But it put the possible death toll at two.

Major Michael Johnson, a spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said troops had seen villagers evacuating injured people following the strike.

“They told (the troops) the roof of their home was damaged and that caused two deaths and five injuries,” Johnson said. “We are looking into that.”