July 5, 2008

Governor Says 22 Civilians Killed in U.S. Airstrike

The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan

The U.S. military said airstrikes by its attack helicopters hit two vehicles carrying insurgents Friday in eastern Afghanistan. The province's governor said 22 civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed.

A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said the airstrikes in Nuristan province hit militants who had attacked a U.S. military base with mortars. He gave no account of casualties but said there were no reports of noncombatant injuries .

Nuristan's Gov. Tamim Nuristani said, however, that 22 civilians were killed in the province's Waygal district. Among those killed were a woman and a child, Nuristani said. Seven other people were wounded.

Because of the area's remoteness, it was impossible to independently verify the claims .

U.S. casualties

Week of June 28 to July 3:

Troops killed 7

Troops wounded 33

Since October 2001:

Troops killed 468

Troops wounded 2,166

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