KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan officials accused NATO of killing civilians in an airstrike that left at least 10 dead in the country’s remote east, while the Taliban on Sunday staged a car bomb and gun attack outside an Afghan intelligence office, killing four soldiers and wounding more than 80 people.
Kunar province police chief Abdul Habib Sayed Khaili said the airstrike hit a pickup truck carrying women and children in Qoro village soon after three Arab and three Afghan militants boarded it Saturday evening. He said some residents called it a drone strike, which would not be unusual in that area.
The police official put the total dead at 15, saying four were women, four were children and one was the civilian driver. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office later put the death toll at 16, saying only that women and children were among the victims.
NATO spokeswoman 1st Lt. AnnMarie Annicelli said the military alliance carried out a precision strike that killed 10 enemy forces, but that it had received no reports of any civilians dying.
29 killed on street in Guatemala town
A group of men in a stolen car shot 29 people on the main street of a poor town in the mountains outside Guatemala City, killing 11.
Police officials blamed the attack on gang violence, but that was greeted with skepticism by some residents of San Jose Nacahuil. Residents expelled the national police six years ago and set up a community police force that patrols with sticks and machetes, and officials said the community had low crime rates in recent years.
Eight of the dead were shot in a just-opened cantina, a one-story cinderblock building where men were drinking beer and liquor around plastic tables.
The majority of the wounded were shot in the street between the cantina and a second, older bar owned by the same local businessman.