Wednesday, August 27, 2008

US-led forces kill cricket star

From Radio Free Europe:

Afghan Cricket Star Reportedly Killed In U.S.-Led Raid

AUGUST 27 - Rahmat Wali, a 28-year-old former member of Afghanistan's national cricket team, reportedly was killed overnight during a raid on his home by coalition troops.

According to several Afghan officials, Wali was killed while the forces were searching his home in the village of Kheder Pirano west of Khost city -- the provincial capital of Afghanistan's southeastern province of Khost...

The head of the Khost Provincial Council, Austad Tajali, also told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that Wali was killed in the raid.

Aziz Malang Zazai, who heads operations in Khost Province for the Afghan Olympic Committee, told RFE/RL what he had learned about the incident.

"Overnight, at about 2 o'clock in the morning, coalition forces killed our best player, Rahmet Wali," Zazai said. "He had played on the Afghan national cricket team from 2002 to 2006... He was martyred in his house. It was a cruel act." ... (link)
Reuters cites two officials who say that Wali's brother was arrested in the raid.

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