The Polish Defense Ministry says seven soldiers serving with the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan have been detained for the killing of civilians in the eastern part of the country.

In a statement released Tuesday, Polish military prosecutors say the soldiers were detained for violating international law, specifically the Hague and Geneva Conventions.

The Afghan civilians were killed during a firefight between the Polish troops and militants on August 16. Poland currently has 1,200 troops serving in Afghanistan.

Also Tuesday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said corruption and embezzlement among government officials is on the rise. He says officials should work with the Afghan people to serve the country without deceiving or exploiting it.

Mr. Karzai's comments came during a speech to village elders in the capital, Kabul.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.