Civilians among 10 killed in ISAF raid
PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): Four insurgents, including a commander, and six members of a family were killed in a NATO-led airstrike in the Baraki Barak district of central Logar province, officials said on Friday.
Commander Qari Hijran and three of his associates were present in the house of Mualim Asif in the Shaki village, where an operation was conducted on the basis of intelligence reports.
Security forces were attacked from the house and three soldiers of Afghan National Army were killed as a result, the district chief, Eng. Muhammad Rahim Amin, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The combined force sought air support from the International Security Assistance Force, he said. Mualim Asif, his wife, a son, three daughters, Qari Hijran and three of his accomplices were killed in the ensuing air strike.
Qari Hijran was wanted by the NATO-led. Logar police chief, Maj. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai, confirmed the fatalities.
Resident and witness Shahid Jamil said the raid was followed by a brief clash. Security forces did not allow anyone to enter the area, he added.
Approached for comments, ISAF said it was aware of reports claiming coalition-caused civilian
casualties in Baraki Barak during an engagement with insurgents.
"An assessment into the incident is already underway. At this time, ISAF officials are gathering information about this incident and will provide additional details as appropriate."
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, acknowledged the loss of three Taliban. He claimed several Afghan and ISAF soldiers were killed and wounded.
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