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US Airstrikes Accidentally Kill Afghan Hostages

Local Afghan officials say U.S. airstrikes accidentally killed seven Afghan hostages at a Taliban hideout in northern Kunduz Province.

Several Taliban fighters were also killed in the late Sunday airstrikes, the officials told VOA's Afghan Service.

Bodies of the slain hostages, believed to be former Afghan army soldiers, were brought to a hospital in Kunduz City on Monday.

A Pentagon official told VOA that U.S. officials are aware of the allegations of civilian casualties, but do not yet have additional details.

"We are working with our Afghan counterparts to look into it," said Brigadier Charles Cleveland, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communication for the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.

VOA's Afghan Service and Pentagon Correspondent Carla Babb contributed to this report.