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October 05, 2013

Afghans Say 5 Civilians Killed in NATO Strike

Some residents of eastern Afghanistan are angry with the United States after five civilians were killed in what Afghan officials say was a NATO airstrike.

The French news agency quotes local officials Saturday saying three children were among those killed in the overnight strike in Nangarhar province.

NATO called the attack a "precision strike" and said its initial reports indicate there were no civilian casualties.

Civilian deaths have long been a source of friction between the Afghan government and the U.S.-led NATO troops, who are winding down operations as they prepare to withdraw by the end of next year.

In another development Saturday, NATO says a contracted security guard shot and killed a NATO servicemember in southern Afghanistan.

The international coalition says the gunman has been killed, and the incident is under investigation.