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NATO Denies UN Report That Airstrike Killed 3 Children In Afghanistan

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NATO DENIES UN REPORT AIRSTRIKE
An Afghan soldier belonging to the Field Artillery Division of the Afghan National Army (ANA), Kandak 6, checks the barrel of the D30 Howitzer gun prior to a test fire during a training session of ANA soldiers at Forward Base Honaker Miracle at Watahpur District in Kunar province on April 17, 2013. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty
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KABUL, Afghanistan — The NATO military coalition in Afghanistan has denied a United Nations report that a coalition airstrike killed three children in eastern Afghanistan.

The United Nations Children's Fund cited the alleged incident in a statement this week condemning a steep rise in child casualties. The statement said an aerial attack by international forces killed three children in the eastern province of Kunar this month.

The U.S.-led coalition said Friday that the report was "simply not true," and it had no aircraft operating in Kunar at the time of the June 6 incident. It said discussions with the provincial governor indicated that reports of a drone strike had been a misunderstanding.

UNICEF insisted Friday that it verifies all its figures and stands by the Kunar report.

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