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Two wounded as angry Afghans attack district office for civilians killing
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10:33, March 15, 2009

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Hundreds of angry villagers Saturday afternoon attacked district office in Logar province, some 60 km south of Afghan capital Kabul, after the reportedly five civilians were killed in the air raid by international troops, an official said.

"The angry villagers clashed with police in front of the district building of Charkh," Din Mohammad Darwish, the provincial administration spokesman said. "After protesters attempted to enter the district office, police opened fire and two people were wounded."

Earlier Darwish said that air strikes carried out by international troops in the wee hours of Saturday claimed the lives of five civilians in Nowshar village of Charkh district.

However, the U.S.-led Coalition forces insisted in a statement released later that Afghan and the U.S.-led Coalition forces on Saturday killed five militants during joint operations against militants associated with IED (Improvised Explosive Device) facilitation in Charkh district.

"Five enemy combatants were killed in the fire-fight and a search of the compound revealed multiple weapons and grenades, which were destroyed to prevent their use against the Afghan people and Coalition Forces," the statement said.

Harming non-combatants has prompted Afghan President Hamid Karzai to repeatedly call on international troops to avoid civilian causalities.

More than 2,000 civilians, according to UN report had been killed in clashes and military operations in 2008 and the world body called on warring sides to avoid harming civilians during conflicts.


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