Tuesday, November 18, 2008

NATO kill 3 civilians, say police

From Pajhwok Afghan News:

Three killed in airstrike on engagement party
Sher Ahmad Haidar

GHAZNI CITY, Nov 11 (PAN) - Three civilians were killed in the southern Ghazni province in an airstrike by foreign troops targeting an engagement party, witnesses and local officials said.

Police chief of Andar district, Muhammad Nabi Patang, told Pajhwok Afghan News foreign forces targeted a group of people busy in an engagement ceremony in Nazarwal village.

He added that NATO airplanes appeared in the sky in the village where the party was ongoing on and the people, frightened by the low flights of the airplanes ran worriedly towards a mosque.

As the people entered the mosque, the airplanes bombed them perhaps thinking that they were militants trying to hide, said Patang.

Niamatullah, a local resident of Nazarwal village, said the mosque was also destroyed and copies of Quran were burnt as the foreign forces bombed the mosque, he lamented foreign troops had launched operation in the area and were patrolling on air and on ground. (link)
November's toll:

November 3: Airstrikes in Kandahar province kill between 40 and 90 civilians. Locals report that Canadian ground troops were involved.
November 5: Airstrikes kill 7 civilians in the northern Badghis province.
November 7: NATO airstrikes kill two civilians in Khost province.
November 9: US troops shoot and kill at least 14 security guards working for a construction company in Khost. (AP says 14; Pajhwok says over 14) This follows an Oct 26 report that 20 security guards were killed in a US airstrike in Ghazni province.
November 11: Local officials report three civilians killed by NATO airstrikes.

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