NATO, Afghan Army Raid Kills Nine, Wounds 25
Xinhua News Agency
October 24, 2012
9 killed, 25 injured in Afghan night raid operation
CHAGHCHARAN, Afghanistan: Nine people were killed and 25 wounded in an overnight operation launched by Afghan and the NATO-led coalition troops in the western province of Ghor, a provincial official said Wednesday, adding that local residents said most victims were civilians.
“According to initial reports by our security forces, nine people were killed and 25 others injured during a night raid operation against militants conducted by Afghan Special Forces supporting by the coalition troops in Sharhrak district overnight,” a spokesman for provincial government, Abdul Hai Khatibi, told Xinhua.
After local residents claimed that several women and children were among the casualties, the local government has launched an investigation into the incident to determine whether the killed were militants or civilians, he said.
Meantime, the NATO-led coalition or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed that the ISAF is aware of reports of possible civilian casualties during the operation in the province 360 km west of Kabul.
“(The) ISAF can confirm an incident early this morning in Shahrak district, Ghor province in which an Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents during an operation to detain a Taliban leader,” the ISAF’s Joint Command said in a text sent to Xinhua via email.
Three civilians were accidentally killed during an operation in eastern Logar province over the weekend, Afghan and coalition forces said.
The deaths of civilians by NATO-led troops during operations against Taliban fighting Afghan and about 100,000 coalition forces have long been a contentious issue between the Afghan government and U.S. and NATO forces in the insurgency-hit country.
Afghan officials had in the past stressed such deaths would further undermine the war against Taliban and terrorist groups and inflame an anti-foreign sentiment in the country.
A total of 1,145 Afghan civilians were killed and 1,954 injured in conflicts in the first six months of 2012…
Pajhwok Afghan News
October 24, 2012
Civilians among 9 killed in Ghor raid
By Muhammad Hassan Hakimion
CHAGHCHARAN: Nine supporters of an armed commander, Mullah Mustafa, were killed during an airstrike by foreign troops in the Shahrak district of western Ghor province, an official said on Wednesday.
The raid was carried on Mustafa’s residence in the Dahan-i-Morgha area of the district on Tuesday night, Governor Syed Anwar Rahmati told Pajhwok Afghan News. But Mustafa, who allegedly has links to the Taliban, escaped unhurt in the raid, he said.
One of the commander’s associates, Qayamuddin, said eight people were killed and as many injured in the airstrike. Most of the victims were Mustafa’s family members.
A statement from International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), meanwhile, confirmed the incident, in which an Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents.
“ISAF is aware of reports of possible civilian casualties resulting from this operation. It takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously, and is assessing the facts surrounding this incident.”