At least seven civilians are killed in a blast inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan.
The overnight attack came shortly after a joint NATO Afghan operation in the area killed four Taliban fighters.
A taliban spokesman said Americans used air strikes to attack the mosque, but coalition forces saius there was no use of airpower in the area.
(SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) RESIDENT HAJI ROHULLAH SAYING:
"All those people killed were either students or teachers. They were all civilians; there were no armed men here."
NATO confirmed that a joint special forces team conducted a night raid in the area, and was aware of reports of an explosion once the team had left. NATO said no civilians were killed in the joint operation.
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Jan. 13 - At least seven Afghan civilians are killed in a blast at a mosque. Deborah Lutterbeck reports. ( Transcript )