Dozens dead as NATO hits Afghan fuel trucks

Up to 90 people are feared dead and many others badly injured, after a NATO airstrike on two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

NATO forces confirmed they carried out the air strike, saying their targets were insurgents. But reports speak of a large number of civilian casualties. Villagers in northern Kunduz province were apparently trying to collect fuel when NATO blew up the tankers.

Civilian casualties during Western military operations in Afghanistan are hugely sensitive and a major source of tension with the government there.

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