NATO air strike kills six civilians

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Afghanistan, Sep 6: A NATO air strike in Kunduz province aimed at two Taliban hijacked fuel tankers killed six civilians including a child, reported an official on Sunday, Sep 6.

Mohammad Omar, the governor of Kunduz province, in a telephonic interview to AFP said that one truck driver and his sons were killed separately by the Taliban.

“According to our findings 56 people were killed. Forty-eight men were identified as armed while the rest were civilians. Fifteen were wounded, including two Taliban," said Mohammad Omar, the governor of Kunduz province.

He added the child, who was killed in the raid was inside one of the tankers.

Afghan officials, however, offered different death tolls related to the Taliban hijacking and NATO air strike.

“All I know is that 56 were killed and 15 were wounded. I don"t have the report of how many of them were civilians," Kunduz provincial police chief General Abdul Razak Yaqubi told AFP.

On Saturday, Sep 5, the commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, promised a full investigation into Friday, Sep 4 air strike.

“As commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), nothing is more important than the safety and protection of the Afghan people," McChrystal said in the 57-second video shown on private television.

“I take this possible loss of life or injury to innocent Afghans very seriously."

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