At least 21 civilians killed in Nato airstrike in southern Afghanistan
Nato forces confirmed in a statement that its planes fired on a group of vehicles Sunday that it believed contained insurgents who were about to attack its forces, only to discover later that women and children were in the cars.
Nato did not provide a figure of how many died or say if all those in the vehicles were civilians. The Afghan government and Nato have launched an investigation.
Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said investigators collected 21 bodies and that two others are missing. He said 14 people were wounded.
The strike hit three mini buses that were driving down a major road. Bashary said there were 42 people in the vehicles, all civilians.
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