Airstrikes by NATO forces in the southern Afghan province of Helmand overnight are reported to have caused heavy civilian casualties, according to local media reports.
Residents in the remote district of Baghran, north of Lashkar Gah, have recounted that between 200 to 300 civilians were killed or wounded in the raids on Thursday.
The Afghan authorities were Friday checking these reports.
At least 20 wounded civilians were brought to a main hospital in Lashkar Gah, Helmand's police chief Mohammad Hussein Andiwal told the Reuters news agency, confirming that there were heavy bombardments and that a team had been sent to investigate.
Both NATO and the U.S.-led coalition forces operate in Helmand.
An estimated 350 civilians have been killed in attacks by foreign forces this year in Afghanistan.
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