NATO acknowledges civilian deaths in Afghan clash

KABUL, Afghanistan  — NATO acknowledged an undetermined number of Afghan civilians were killed in fighting with the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan and promised to provide compensation to their families.

Also Thursday, a suicide car bomber struck a convoy of NATO troops and Afghan police in northern Afghanistan, killing seven police officers and wounding at least 11 people. A Canadian Chinook helicopter went down in the south, slightly injuring eight soldiers, the Canadian military said. The Taliban claimed they shot down the aircraft.

The civilian deaths occurred in two separate attacks before dawn Thursday in eastern Nangarhar province, local officials said. Eight members of an extended family died when a helicopter opened fire on vehicles carrying the family and the body of a flood victim to their home village, according to Haji Mohammed Hassan, chief of Khogyani district of Nangarhar.

Separately, 13 people were killed when US and Afghan forces raided a compound in the Sherzad district, according to village elder Rahmatullah Sherzad.