Huffpost WorldPost

NATO Denies UN Report That Airstrike Killed 3 Children In Afghanistan

Posted: Updated:
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

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.

Related on HuffPost:

U.S. Drone Strikes In Afghanistan
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

NATO Denies UN Report Airstrike Killed 3 Children

Afghan governor says airstrike kills 3; NATO denies

ISAF deny children deaths in NATO airstrike in Badakhshan

Afghan governor says NATO airstrike kills 3 in the east; US-led coalition ...