NATO air strike kills 10 children, woman in Afghanistan

Kabul, Apr 7 (EFE).- Ten children and a woman died in a bombardment by NATO forces in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, an Afghan official told Efe on Sunday.

Four other women were wounded in a joint operation staged by Afghan and NATO's ISAF forces on Saturday morning in Sonu, a town in Shigal district, Kunar provincial government spokesman Wasifullah Wasifi said.

Six Taliban fighters also died in the air strike, Wasifi said.

International troops participated in the bombardment to support Afghan forces in a clash with the Taliban in Kunar, an ISAF spokesman told Efe, but he did not confirm that any civilians had died.

"We're investigating the situation. At the moment, we have no confirmation of the death of civilians," the ISAF spokesman said.

The deaths of civilians in NATO military actions is one of the main points of friction between foreign troops and the Afghan government.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai in February issued an order prohibiting the army from asking for air assistance from international forces during military offensives in inhabited areas.

A NATO bombardment killed two Afghan civilians and wounded seven others in late March in central Ghazni province, the government said.