Civilians wounded at bomb site, US general admits

The top US commander in Afghanistan has confirmed villagers were wounded at the site of a Nato airstrike on hijacked fuel tankers that killed up to 70 people.

General Stanley McChrystal inspected the site where a fighter jet blasted the tankers seized by the Taliban in northern Kunduz province.

He also visited a hospital where the wounded have been taken and spoke with a 10-year-old boy with severe burns.

It remains unclear how many of the dead were militants and how many were villagers who rushed to siphon fuel from the stolen trucks. A Nato team began an investigation today.

McChrystal says it was clear that Afghan civilians were wounded in the airstrike. He did not say if any civilians died.

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