Report: NATO airstrike kills 8 Afghan civilians

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - A NATO airstrike killed eight civilians in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, a district police chief said on Saturday, adding to a 2011 toll that is so far the deadliest for civilians in the decade-long war.
The airstrike happened about 3 p.m. Friday in the Nad Ali district of Helmand after insurgents had attacked troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the area, said Nad Ali district police chief Shidi Khan.
Violence is at its worst in Afghanistan since US-backed Afghan forces toppled the Taliban government in late 2001, with high levels of foreign troop deaths, and record civilian casualties during the first six months of 2011.
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