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Afghanistan: Investigate civilian deaths

The organisation urged that every measure be taken to avoid civilian deaths and casualties as US-led military action continues in that country.

'The safety of civilians must be made a priority and urgent measures taken to avoid the repetition of such tragedies,' Amnesty International said.

According to a US military spokesman, four men and seven Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights were killed when a bomb hit their house on the outskirts of Shkin, Paktika province, in eastern Afghanistan, adding to the mounting civilian death toll caused by the US-led coalition bombing over the last year.

'US forces must take sufficient precautions to protect civilians in selecting military objectives and means of attack,' Amnesty International said.

'Civilian casualties cannot be allowed - neither in Afghanistan nor in Iraq - to become an acceptable feature of war,' the organisation emphasised.

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