NATO strikes kill 9 Afghan civilians
Airstrikes by NATO helicopters hunting Taliban fighters ripped through three dried mud homes in southern Afghanistan as villagers slept early Wednesday. At least nine civilians were killed, including women and children, said residents and the provincial governor.
On Thursday, a suicide bomber killed two children and wounded seven civilians and several British soldiers in southern Afghanistan, officials said.
NATO's International Security Assistance Force said the attack in the town of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province wounded "a small number" of British soldiers. Squadron Leader Jason Chalk, a force spokesman, said he had no reports of British fatalities.