- Associated Press - Monday, July 26, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that a NATO rocket attack killed 52 civilians in the south of the country on Friday.

Mr. Karzai’s statement, issued Monday, said the Afghan intelligence service determined that a NATO rocket hit Regi village in Helmand province’s Sangin district. The dead included women and children. Mr. Karzai condemned the attack.

But NATO spokesman Col. Wayne Shanks said initial reporting from the area did not confirm any civilian casualties or NATO rockets gone astray.

He said insurgents and NATO forces fought Friday in an area about 4 to 5 miles away, but there was no evidence in initial reporting that it was connected to the claims of rocket fire in Regi.