In latest violence, four gunmen took over a tall building in the eastern province of Paktika late Sunday and started shooting down into surrounding government compounds, wounding one civilian. A spokesman for the governor, Mokhlis Afghan, said police surrounded the building in the provincial capital and killed the attackers after several hours. NATO and Afghan soldiers provided support.
Also Monday, the governor of southern Helmand province condemned a NATO airstrike last week that he said killed six civilians — a woman, three girls and two boys. Gulab Mangal said Friday’s strike was aimed at insurgents attacking NATO and Afghan forces in the province’s Sangin district. He said “a civilian house was also targeted by the airstrike unintentionally.”
He said he asked the commander of NATO forces in the region to “prevent such events in the future.”
In the north, a large roadside bomb on Monday killed three people, including a high-ranking national border police commander, in Kunduz province’s Imam Sahib district, said Amanullah Qurishi, the district chief.
Associated Press writers Patrick Quinn and Amir Shah contributed to this report.
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