ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Afghan authorities on Sunday said a NATO air strike killed a family of eight at their house in eastern Afghanistan.
If confirmed, the attack could anger Afghan leaders at a time when Washington needs Kabul’s cooperation in carrying out a blueprint for engagement after the U.S. wraps up its troop withdrawal in 2014.
The air strike occurred at about 8 p.m. Saturday in the Gerda Serai district of Paktia province, a volatile region along the Pakistan border. Rohulla Samoon, spokesman for the Paktia governor’s office, said a NATO air strike had killed eight civilians — Mohammed Shafi, his wife and his six children — all of whom were inside their house at the time.
Samoon said there is no evidence that Shafi was a Taliban insurgent or linked with Al Qaeda. “Afghan security forces were not informed about the operation,” Samoon said. “Our concern is why (Western coalition) troops don’t share these issues with Afghan security forces. If they had shared this with us, this wouldn’t have happened.”