The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan says U.S. authorities are probing the deaths of nine Afghan children killed in a U.S. air attack, and says he is deeply saddened by the loss of innocent life.
Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said a senior U.S. military officer and Afghan officials were meeting on Sunday with U.S. the families of the nine children.
Mr. Khalilzad, the U.S. military and the Ghazni provincial government say Saturday's air strike in the southern town of Ghazni targeted a known commander of troops loyal to the country's ousted Taleban government.
U.S. authorities say the commander was killed in the attack, but local residents say he escaped.
In other developments, Afghan authorities say two Turkish workers are missing and feared kidnapped in a village near Kabul.
Officials say the two Indian engineers were abducted Saturday, as they worked on rebuilding a major road linking the capital to the southern city of Kandahar.
The kidnappings come less than a week after Taleban insurgents released a Turkish engineer held for nearly a month after he was abducted on the same highway.