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60 Afghan civilians killed in NATO operation

At least 60 civilians were killed during NATO operations in a volatile southern area of Afghanistan earlier this week, Govt sources said.

india Updated: Oct 26, 2006 15:47 IST

At least 60 civilians were killed during NATO operations in a volatile southern area of Afghanistan earlier this week, two government officials and a civilian said on Thursday.

A provincial council member, Bismallah Afghanmal, said 80-85 civilians were killed in fighting in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar province on Tuesday. A villager, Karim Jan, said 60-70 died.

Another government official who asked not to be named because it would "cause him problems" said at least 60 were killed.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force on Wednesday night said its forces killed 48 militants in heavy fighting in Panjwayi on Tuesday.

NATO also said it had "credible reports" of civilian casualties, though it only said that it knew of four civilians who had been wounded.