of three children allegedly killed in a coalition strike was
reported by local officials in Helmand Provinces Nawa
district. The officials said that the children were killed in
a NATO strike on Sunday afternoon as they were gathering dung
to burn as fuel, a common practice in the desert reaches of
southern Afghanistan where there are few trees.
governor said that NATO forces watched as improvised explosive
devices were being planted, and targeted the insurgents planting
them. As a result two I.E.D. planters were killed and
the shrapnel killed the three children who were wandering nearby,
he said. Other reports said that three insurgents had been killed.
for the international forces, Maj. Adam Wojack, said that the
coalition forces were aware of the allegations and that the
episode was being investigated. I.S.A.F. did conduct a
precision airstrike on three insurgents in Nawa district, and
the strike killed all three insurgents, he said.
of our reporting shows any civilian casualties or any children.