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Five civilians killed by foreign forces

14 November, 2011

JALALABAD: Five Afghan civilians were killed and three more, including a woman, were injured when foreign forces conducted bombardment on a house in Daulatshah district in Laghman province where volunteers were busy in working on Sunday.

The Laghman provincial shura deputy chairman Gulzar Sangarwal told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) one Sher Muhammad had gathered volunteers to repair roofs of his house in Chakla village of Daulatshah district today. He maintained the foreign forces conducted bombardment on them.

"Owner of the house Sher Muhammad and four volunteer workers were killed and three more, including a woman, were injured in the blitz," he said. "They were clearly Afghan civilians. As deputy chairman of the Laghman provincial shura, I strongly condemnt this incident," he added.

He demanded of the foreign forces to protect lives of civilians during military operations.It's pertinent to mention here that nine Afghan civilians, including a woman, were killed in an improvised explosive device blast in the same province a day ago.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) media centre in Kabul, when contacted by the AIP, said: "According to operational reporting, a coalition air weapons team identified and engaged multiple insurgents with weapons maneuvering against coalition forces near Dowlat Shah district, Laghman province, today. There were no reports of civilian casualties."

Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed killing four police personnel in an improvised explosive device blast in Aab Bund district in Ghazni province on Sunday. The Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) their fighters blasted a vehicle of the foreign forces with an IED blast in Randakhel area in Aab Bund district early today (Sunday). Four police were killed and two more injured in the blast, he maintained.

The Aab Bund District Chief Abdul Matin confirmed blast in the area and told the AIP: "Armed opponents had planted explosives under a bridge in Randakhel area. The explosive device went off after a police vehicle passed the bridge. The blast only damaged the bridge, he said, adding it did not cause casualties or losses to police.


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