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Afghans say NATO killed civilians

US troops serving with a NATO-led force investigated the site of a suicide attack east of Kabul on Sunday.

Ahmad Jamshid/Associated Press

US troops serving with a NATO-led force investigated the site of a suicide attack east of Kabul on Sunday.

KABUL — Afghan officials on Sunday accused NATO of killing of up to 16 civilians in an airstrike in the country’s remote east.

Conflicting reports emerged about the airstrike in the Watapur district of Kunar, a province along the border with Pakistan. The territory is dangerous and difficult to reach. Many Arab and other foreign insurgents are believed to operate there alongside the Afghan Taliban. Some are suspected to have links to Al Qaeda.

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Kunar province police chief Abdul Habib Sayed Khaili said the airstrike hit a pickup truck carrying women and children in Qoro village soon after three Arab and three Afghan militants boarded it Saturday evening. He said some residents called it a drone strike, which would not be unusual in that area.

NATO said it carried out a ‘‘precision strike’’ that killed 10 enemy fighters, but that it had received no reports of any civilians dying. The alliance said it was still investigating.

Also Sunday, the Taliban staged a suicide car bomb and gun attack near an Afghan intelligence office outside Kabul, killing four soldiers and injuring more than 80 people.

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