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|Fri, 09-04-2009 - 9:26am|
93 people killed in NATO airstrike in N Afghanistan: officials
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KABUL, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- A NATO air strike Friday killed 93 people, some of them civilians, in Kunduz province of northern Afghanistan, said the provincial governor Mohammad Omar.
It occurred at around 1:45 a.m. when Taliban militants hijacked two fuel trucks and wanted to take them to a far-flung area in Aliabad district, police chief of the district, Bariali Basharyar told Xinhua.
An injured person is carried into the main hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan , Sep.4, 2009. A NATO air strike Friday killed 93 people, some of them civilians, in Kunduz province, said the provincial governor Mohammad Omar. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
The trucks stuck in a river in Aliabad district and villagers nearby rushed to the site to pick up fuel when the two trucks exploded in a NATO air strike, according to Basharyar.
Mohammad Omar said the incident also caused over a hundred people injured and some of them have been taken to Kabul for treatment.
A NATO statement said it launched the air strike, destroying the two fuel trucks and killing a large number of insurgents.
"Some of the dead were civilians and some were Taliban fighters," said the governor of Aliabad district, Haji Habibullah.
The police chief of Kunduz Province, Razaq Yaqoobi, confirmed 56 Taliban militants were among the dead, but he gave no figures on civilian casualties. More at link.
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