Five children killed in Australian soldiers' attack on Taliban

Five children have been killed after Australian soldiers attacked Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, the Australian Defence Force said.

Five children killed in Australian soldiers' attack on Taliban

Five children have been killed after after Australian soldiers attacked Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, the Australian Defence Force said on Friday.

The incident happened on Thursday in Uruzgan province, where Australia's special forces attacked a number of Taliban houses, defence officials claimed in a statement on Friday.

Those injured in the incident were treated at the scene and evacuated for further treatment.

Afghanistan has criticised civilians killings in raids of US-led foreign troops.

Air strikes which have killed hundreds of civilians have provoked anger among Afghans and resentment against the presence of foreign troops.

Australia's military has started an inquiry into the incident, but said the rules of engagement for forces in Afghanistan were designed to minimise civilian casualties.

Australia has around 1,100 troops in Afghanistan, based mainly in the southern Uruzgan province where the Taliban has a strong presence.

Reuters

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