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Civilians reported killed in Afghanistan

Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Four Afghan civilians, a woman and three children, were found dead following fighting between coalition forces and insurgents in Herat province, officials said.

The International Security Assistance Force said Wednesday it is investigating how the civilians were killed following fighting sparked when Afghan and coalition forces were subjected to fire in Shindand district Tuesday, ISAF said in an email to UPI.

Shindand district chief Abdul Hamid Noor said two militant commanders were killed and four military personnel were injured in the operation that began Monday to clear the area of militant activities, Khaama Press reported.

"Our initial assessment is that after the engagement, one Afghan woman and three Afghan children were found dead in a compound north of where the Afghan and Coalition forces engaged the insurgents," ISAF said. "An investigation is on-going to clarify the facts in this operation."

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