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Yet another Nato airstrike ‘kills eight women and girls’ in Afghanistan.

By Associated Press in Kabul  16th September 2012.

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Seven victims in hospital as villagers take bodies to provincial governor’s office after women gathering firewood are hit.

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Bodies of women Afghan officials say were killed in the airstrike are brought to a hospital in the Alingar district of Laghman province. Photograph: Khalid Khan/AP

Eight women and girls gathering firewood were killed by a Nato airstrike in Afghanistan early on Sunday, according to Afghan officials.

The coalition says it believes only insurgents were hit. But villagers from Alingar district in the remote Laghman province, east of Kabul, brought the bodies to the governor’s office in the provincial capital, said Sarhadi Zewak, a spokesman for the provincial government. “They were shouting ‘death to America’ They were condemning the attack,” Zewak said.

Seven females were taken to area hospitals, some as young as 10, said provincial health director Latif Qayumi.

Nato forces at first said that about 45 insurgents and no civilians were killed in the attack. But spokesman Jamie Graybeal said later that they took the allegations of civilian deaths seriously and were investigating them, though initial reports showed only insurgents were killed.

Air strikes have been a sensitive issue between the Afghan people – who say civilians often end up killed along with or instead of insurgents – and Nato forces who maintain that they are a key tactic against insurgent leaders.

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