NATO-led troops kill civilians in Zabul
QALAT (PAN): International forces killed two civilians during a predawn operation in Shahr-i-Safa district of southern Zabul province, officials claimed on Sunday.
Helicopter-borne soldiers killed a market guard before raiding a house in the area, the district chief, Shadi Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News. A man named, Faiz Mohammad, was killed during the raid.
Faizullah tan a shop in district bazaar and there was no evidence of his links to the Taliban, Khan insisted. "And the guard, too, was innocent."
Meanwhile, an investigation is ongoing into Faizullah's alleged ties to the insurgents, according to Khan, who said they were in contact with the International Security Assistance Force.
Abdul Majeed, a resident of Shahr-i-Safa, said both men were innocent civilians.
Concerned area people had asked government to prevent such incidents, he added.
While confirming the killings, ISAF accused Faizullah of distributing weapons and funding insurgent activities in the area. A second suspected fighter, with an object slung on his shoulder, was shot dead when he threatened the security forces, the alliance said in a statement.
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