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NATO airstrike kills 4 Taliban, 10 civilians

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By The Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 8:33 p.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan — A NATO airstrike apparently targeting Taliban commanders in an Afghan village near the border with Pakistan killed 10 civilians, including women and children, officials said on Wednesday.

The attack Tuesday night in the village of Chugam, in eastern Kunar province, killed four Taliban commanders, according to Abdul Zahir, the governor of Shigal district.

Zahir said Afghan and NATO forces were conducting a ground operation in the area when insurgents opened fire on them from inside a house. The ground forces called for backup, resulting in the airstrike, he said.

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