Afghans protest against alleged killing of civilians by NATO (UPDATE)

Afghans protest against alleged killing of civilians by NATO (UPDATE)

previous news was posted at 10:15

Some 2,000 Afghans in Taluqan city of Takhar province went to the street Wednesday to protest the alleged killing of four civilians by NATO-led troops, Xinhua reported.

About 2,000 people staged a protest demonstration in Takhar's provincial capital Taluqan city 245 km north of capital city Kabul Wednesday morning alleging that NATO-led troops killed four civilians including two women during a raid outside Taluqan city.

Chanting anti-government and anti-NATO slogans, the protesters also brought the dead bodies to Governor House, calling on government to punish those responsible for the killing of non- combatant citizens.

The protestors said that the troops had arrested two more civilians during the raid carried out on Golami village outside Taluqan city late Tuesday night.

Provincial governor Abdul Jabbar Taqwa told Xinhua that he had confirmed that three of those killed in the raid including two women. "Investigation is underway to find the fact behind the operation," Taqwa told Xinhua.

The protestors hurled stones at police and policemen have begun aerial firing.

A protestor, who declined to give his name, said that several persons have injured due to firing by the police.

Meantime, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in a statement released here said all the four persons killed during the operation in Taluqan Tuesday night were armed insurgents.

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