Gun battle leaves 1 Afghan child dead, 3 wounded: NATO

20:13, April 06, 2010      

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An Afghan child was killed and three more children injured in a gun battle between Taliban militants and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kapisa province, 80 km north of Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, a press release of the alliance said. "Four Afghan children were wounded today during an engagement between insurgents and ISAF troops in Kapisa province," the press release added.

It also said, "The children were medically evacuated to an ISAF medical facility. One of the children has been reportedly dead of his wounds."

However, it did not say if the troops opened fire on ill-fated children, saying it was unclear who caused the children's injuries.

The incident is under investigation, it further said.

In 2009, according to a United Nations report, 2,412 civilians which indicated 14 percent more than 2008, had been killed in the militancy-hid Afghanistan while more violence is predicted in 2010.

Source: Xinhua


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