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At least seven civilians killed in Afghanistan

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Reuters

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.