August 5, 2014 5:14 am

Afghan official says NATO helicopter strike kills 4 civilians

Afghan children play with a ball as NATO helicopters fly past the Wazir Akbar Khan hilltop in Kabul on August 2, 2014.

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KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says a NATO helicopter strike has killed four civilians in the country’s west.

Officials with the international military coalition say they are investigating the attack.

The attack saw almost 200 people protest against NATO in Herat province on Tuesday.

Raouf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the chief of police in Herat province, says the attack happened Monday in the province’s Shindan district after Taliban fighters apparently launched a missile.
Ahmadi says the NATO helicopter responded with fire that killed four civilians.

In a statement, NATO said it was aware of the attack and was investigating, without elaborating.

Casualties from NATO strikes remain a contentious issue in Afghanistan as international troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of this year.

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