Monday, January 26, 2009

Helmand civilian shot dead

NATO-led soldier kills civilian in Helmand, where British forces lead the NATO project:

Security developments in Afghanistan

HELMAND, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A soldier from the NATO-led force shot dead a man believed to be burying an explosive device near a military base in Gereshk district, 530 km (330 miles) southwest of Kabul, on Thursday [Jan 22], the alliance said.

An investigation revealed the man was a civilian and had not been burying any explosive device, it said. (link)
January's toll:

January 5: British forces in Helmand province kill between five and 19 civilians.
January 6: A US-led assault kills between 17 and 23 civilians in Laghman province.
January 7: NATO shells kill eleven civilians in Uruzgan.
January 20: Coalition forces kill 25 civilians in Kapisa province, say locals.
January 21: NATO troops in Sangin district of Helmand kill one civilian while under fire.
January 22: NATO-led soldier kills civilian mistaken for a bomb planter in Gereshk district of Helmand.
January 24: US troops with air support kill between 11 and 22 civilians, say officials.

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