US coalition kills 25 militants, 8 Afghan hostages

The US-led coalition troops on Monday killed 25 militants and eight Afghan civilians they were holding hostage in southern Afghanistan. A coalition statement said its forces were ambushed from a building along a road in Uruzgan province on Sunday. It said the militants then moved into a compound where they held 11 noncombatants hostage, including several children and an infant. The coalition said the troops called in an airstrike on the compound without knowing the civilians were inside. Eight civilians were killed and three were wounded.