NATO probes Helmand air strike after reports of civilian casualties


KABUL -- NATO is investigating reports that an air strike in Helmand Province might have killed civilians, it said Wednesday (November 28).

The strike reportedly occurred during a firefight between Afghan special forces and Taliban insurgents late Tuesday (November 27).

NATO said air support was requested by security forces on the ground as the militants deployed heavy weapons and retreated into a nearby compound.

"The ground force was unaware of any civilians in or around the compound; they only knew that the Taliban was using the building as a fighting position," NATO said in a statement.

"The Taliban continue to use civilians, especially children, as a protective measure," it added.

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