9 killed, 25 injured in Afghan night raid operation

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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, Xinhua reported.

"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," 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 determined whether the killed were militants or civilians, he said.

The incident came months after the Afghan government and the United States signed an agreement in Kabul in April to allow the Afghan forces to take the lead in the controversial night raids, a tactic that the coalition says is critical in the fight against the Taliban insurgents.

Three civilians were accidentally killed during an operation in eastern Logar province over the weekend, Afghan and coalition forces said.

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