Police in Afghanistan say a rocket attack in the capital, Kabul, struck a house, killing three family members.
Police officials Monday said the rocket was fired overnight from outside Kabul and landed in the western part of the city.
A mother and father were killed along with one of their children.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a quick and thorough
investigation by NATO into a German-ordered air strike in northern
Afghanistan that local officials say killed civilians.
strike Friday targeted two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban. But
there were claims that civilians also were killed and wounded when a
U.S. jet bombed the site.
German Defense Minister Franz Josef
Jung defended the attack, saying the Taliban could have used the fuel
tanks to launch a major attack on nearby German soldiers.
Washington Post reported that the commander may have violated NATO
rules when he ordered the air strike based on intelligence from just
The newspaper says a NATO fact-finding team
estimates that some 125 people were killed in the strike, and that at
least 24 of them were not insurgents.
On Monday, the Afghan
Rights Monitor said interviews with about 12 villagers indicate that
some 60 to 70 civilians were killed and only about a dozen gunmen died
in the attack.
Meanwhile, the provincial government has been giving conflicting numbers regarding the incident.
NATO rules are aimed at reducing civilian casualties, and forbid bombing civilian targets based on a sole source of information.