Karzai orders probe into Sar-i-Pul civilian deaths
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation into a coalition operation that local officials say killed five civilians in northern Sar-i-Pul province two days ago, but the alliance insists only militants were killed.
Karzai on Wednesday ordered an investigation into civilian deaths in Sar-i-Pul province, a presidential statement said.
Karzai asked the governor of Sar-i-Pul, Sayed Anwar Ali Rahmati, to investigate the incident and identify those killed and wounded, the statement said.
Six civilians were killed and four others arrested by foreign troops during an operation in Baghpusht village of Sayad district two days ago, the statement said.
The Sayad district chief, Sayed Mir Hussain Sajadi, said five civilians were killed and as many were missing in the offensive.
But the International Security Assistance Force says a Taliban-designated police commander for the district was among several militants killed when the troops targeted their hideout. Some others militants were arrested, it said.
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