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NATO airstrike in Afghanistan kills up to 90

KUNDUZ (AP) - Afghan President Harmid Karzai says he's creating a panel to investigate today's NATO attack on a pair of fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan.

There are conflicting reports over who died in the attack, and how many.

Afghan officials say the resulting fireball killed up to 90 people. A police officer says about 40 were civilians.

But NATO says the warplanes attacked the tankers after determining there were no civilians in the area, and that a "large number of insurgents" were killed or injured in the attack in Kunduz province.

A Taliban spokesman says insurgents hijacked the trucks, which became stuck in mud. He says about 500 villagers swarmed the trucks to collect the fuel despite warnings that they might be hit with an airstrike.

But a member of the provincial council says people from his home village told him insurgents invited them to take fuel.


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