Friday, May 8, 2009
Four NATO soldiers and 21 civilians have been killed in a string of insurgent attacks in southern Afghanistan.
Officials say the 21 civilians and two of the soldiers died in a suicide attack in southern Helmand province. Another 23 civilians were wounded.
Separately, a NATO soldier was killed in a roadside bomb, and a British soldier died from a gunshot wound.
There's also word that a U.S. Air Force drone went down today. A U.S. military spokeswman ruled out insurgent activity in the area of the crash, while the Taliban claim to have shot it down.
Meanwhile, officials may soon release preliminary findings of a joint U.S.-Afghan investigation into possible civilian deaths earlier this week.
Officials are looking into reports that as many as 147 civilians died in fighting involving American forces. The U.S. military calls the reports "extremely over-exaggerated."