A NATO airstrike in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 21 civilians, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Monday.
NATO forces confirmed in a statement that its planes fired Sunday on a group of vehicles that it believed contained insurgents who were about to attack its forces, only to discover later that women and children were in the cars.
NATO did not provide a figure of how many died or say if all those in the vehicles were civilians. The Afghan government and NATO have launched an investigation.
Investigators on the ground have collected 21 bodies and two people are missing, Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said. Fourteen people were wounded, he said.