At least 80 dead in Afghan airstrike
The bombing came amid some of the worst violence since the 2001 fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan.india Updated: May 22, 2006 18:52 IST
A US-led coalition aircraft killed up to 80 suspected Taliban militants in a night airstrike on a rebel stronghold in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said on Monday.
The local governor said 16 civilians also died.
A coalition statement said it had confirmed 20 Taliban killed in the attack on the village of Azizi in Kandahar province late Sunday and early Monday, while there were "an unconfirmed 60 additional Taliban casualties."
Kandahar Governor Asadullah Khalid said he believed 60 militants had been killed, as well as the 16 civilians.
The bombing came amid some of the worst violence since the 2001 fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, where around 300 people have been killed this week, more than twice the number killed in Iraq.
There have been several major battles with insurgents during the past week, as well as three suicide bombings, including one in the capital Kabul on Sunday, which killed two Afghan civilians.
Around 200 Taliban fighters have been killed since Wednesday, according to a toll compiled from figures released by Afghan authorities and the coalition, not including the overnight air strike.
First Published: May 22, 2006 12:37 IST