SLUG: 2-312021 Afghan U-S Bombing (S&L)
TITLE=AFGHANISTAN U-S BOMBING (S/L)
INTRO: Afghan officials say 11 civilians, including four children, were killed in an apparent mistaken air assault by U-S forces. V-O-A's Michael Kitchen reports from neighboring Pakistan, the U-S military says it is investigating the incident.
TEXT: The reported incident took place Sunday in central Afghanistan's Uruzgan Province, the site of recent fighting between U-S-led coalition forces and anti-government insurgents.
Haji Abdul-Rahman, the administrator for the district of Char Cheno, where the air attack is said to have taken place, told V-O-A that the assault was carried out by U-S aircraft, killing non-combatants, including women and children.
He says U-S troops had been operating in the area just prior to the incident.
Press reports quoted the provincial governor as confirming the civilian deaths.
U-S Central Command, in charge of military operations in Afghanistan, could not confirm the incident, but said it is investigating the reports.
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Central Command spokeswoman, Lieutenant-Colonel Leslie Williams.
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We are awaiting further information in order to release complete facts regarding the presumed incident here.
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Lieutenant Colonel Williams says U-S forces had skirmished with suspected insurgents earlier at a compound near where the air strike reportedly took place.
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Coalition [soldiers] in Afghanistan did engage and kill five anti-coalition insurgents at a compound that was north of Dae Rawood.
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U-S forces are said to have mistakenly killed 15 civilians in two separate incidents last month, both of which are under investigation. (SIGNED)
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