A Nato airstrike has killed eight members of the same family, including six children, Afghan officals have claimed.
The incident happened in the Paktia province, in the east of Afghanistan at around 8pm local time (5.30pm GMT), according to a spokesman for the area’s provincial governor.
It comes weeks after Afghan President Hamid Karzai warned that civilian casualties could undermine a strategic partnership with the West.
The airstrike happened just a day after four Nato soldiers, including a British man from the 1st Battalion, were killed in separate bomb attacks, the same day Labour leader Ed Miliband visited Afghanistan.
Rohullah Samon, the spokesman for Patkia’s provincial governor, said civilian Mohammad Shafi was killed along with his wife and their six children in an airstrike in the village of Suri Khail in the Gurda Saria district.
An anonymous Nato official disputed the claim, saying there was no evidence of any casualties.