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Nato probes civilian killings claim

Nato is investigating allegations that eight civilians were killed and 12 injured in a coalition raid on a remote mountain village in Afghanistan's northern province of Baghlan.

The chief of Baghlan's Tala Wabarfak district, Mohammad Ismail, said the deaths - six men, one woman, and one child - reportedly came in the early hours of Sunday morning in the village of Tergaran.

Mr Ismail said villagers told him troops flown in aboard five or six helicopters also destroyed several houses during the five-hour operation.

He said two people were reportedly arrested and taken away .

According to Mr Ismail, Taliban have on occasion been active in the area, a 10-hour walk from the nearest town over which the government exercises little influence.

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