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NATO denies air strike killed Afghan civilians

Villagers in Afghanistan's Kunar province say an air strike killed six civilians, but officials with the military alliance deny the charge.

Villagers in Afghanistan's Kunar province say an air strike killed six civilians, but officials with the military alliance deny the charge.

The district police chief in the mountain village of Wat Pur said two children, aged three and 10, were among the civilians killed during Monday's strike, said Reuters.

He said another 16 people were injured and three houses were destroyed.

However, officials with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said as many as eight militants were killed in the strike.

Civilian deaths caused by American or NATO forces have long been a sore point for President Hamid Karzai.

He has repeatedly pleaded with international forces to avoid civilian casualties.

The latest allegation of civilian deaths comes less than a week after the U.S. military admitted that a mission in Khost province killed five civilians, including two females and an infant.

Roughly 2,800 Canadians are serving in Afghanistan as part of the NATO mission, with most in southern Kandahar province.

With files from the Associated Press