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Karzai orders probe into female doctor's killing

Karzai orders probe into female doctor's killing

Jul 24, 2011 - 19:42

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ordered Afghanistaninfo-icon's intelligence chief to investigate the death of a female doctor in central Maidan Wardak province.

Ghazni Civil Hospital Director Dr. Ismayee Ibrahimzai told Pajhwok Afghan News on Saturday that Dr. Aqila Hekmat, in charge of the maternity ward, her 18-year-old son and nephew were shot dead by ISAFinfo-icon soldiers.

The doctor's husband was injured in the shooting near the Sheikhabad area of Syedabad district on the Kabul-Kandahar highway soon after an convoy of NATOinfo-icon-led troops struck a roadside bomb.

But astatement from ISAF said the incident caused no civilian casualties. A combat outpost observed a car moving in its direction and the soldiers signalled it to stop, it added.  

"When it continued travelling towards the combat outpost, the gunner fired one bullet into the engine block. The vehicle stopped and the incident resulted in one civilian wounded..."

Denouncing the incident, Karzai extended his condolences to the bereaved family and wished the doctor's spouse speedy recovery. He directed the National Directorate of Security head to prove the killings.


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