CNC reporting from Kabul
Added On April 8, 2013

Afghan officials say a NATO air attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed 11 children and a woman.

The strike has drawn fierce criticism from President Hamid Karzai.

Afghan officials say the strike came on late Saturday during a joint Afghan-NATO operation against the Taliban in the restive Kunar province.

The woman and the children were killed when houses collapsed on them. Six women were also wounded.

Eight militants, including two senior Taliban leaders, were killed.

Afghan officials say the air strike was called in after Afghan and NATO forces came under attack.

The bloodshed has provoked harsh criticism from Afghan President Hamid Karzai. In a strong-worded statement, Karzai has condemned the NATO air strike.

Afghan civilian deaths in NATO-led operations against the Taliban have long been a contentious issue, leading to angry public protests. Karzai has forbidden Afghan troops from calling for NATO air strikes.