NATO airstrike in Afghanistan kills 12 kids

The incident took place in Nawzad district in Helmand province late Saturday.

Dawood Ahmadi, the provincial government spokesman, said NATO was targeting insurgents but instead struck two homes, killing two women, five girls and seven boys.

Some of the children were under two years old. Six more people were reportedly injured in the bombardment.

Noor Agha, the father of the children, said: "My house was bombarded in the middle of the night and my children were killed. The Taliban were far away from my home, why was my house bombed?"

Major Tim James, a NATO spokesman, said the organisation was aware of the reports of civilian casualties in Nawzad.

International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops earlier killed one woman armed with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher in a raid on a compound in eastern Khost province Saturday.

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