A gunfight between Australian forces and Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan killed five children who were caught in the crossfire, the Australian Defense Ministry said.
Afghan officials gave lower death tolls. Asadullah Hamdan, the provincial governor, said Friday that three children between seven and 10-years-old were killed.
The fighting in southern Uruzgan province started with a raid by international and Afghan troops on compounds in a village where insurgent leaders were believed to be holed up, NATO said in a statement.
The Australian Defense Ministry said it had reports of five children killed and four other people wounded - two of them children.