NATO strikes and Taliban attack in Afghanistan kill at least 25

Sept. 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- At least 25 people were killed in Afghanistan Sunday in a drone strike and the bombing of an Afghan intelligence headquarters, military authorities said.

At least 16 people, including nine civilians, were killed in an airstrike by NATO forces in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, officials said.

The drone was targeting four insurgents who were riding in a truck with civilians, the New York Times reported.

"The insurgents often force local drivers to give them rides in their trucks," the Kunar police chief, Abdul Habib Saidkhail, said.

The attack took place Saturday night in the province's Watapur district, Khaama Press reported.

Local police said the civilians -- four women, four children and one man -- were killed in the strike, which targeted a pick-up truck carrying Arab and Afghan militants.

The Taliban coordinated an attack Sunday morning in Maydan Shahr, where a vehicle packed with explosives detonated outside of Afghan intelligence headquarters. The explosion killed four intelligence officers and a police officer, and injured more than 120 civilians.

Four insurgents then tried to breach the building, but officials killed them, the Times said.

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