27 Mar 2011

Civilians killed in air attack against Taliban leader

6:57 am on 27 March 2011

Western forces have killed seven civilians in an air attack in the Afghan province of Helmand.

NATO said it ordered the attack on Friday after learning that a Taliban leader and several others were travelling in two vehicles.

The car that was targeted had exploded next to another carrying the civilians. Three children were among those killed.

The air strike took place in the Naw Zad district.

The provincial governor's office said two men, two women and three children were killed.

The BBC reports nine children died in another NATO air strike in eastern Kunar province earlier this month.

US commander General David Petraeus had to make a public apology later.