Afghans protest US killing of civilians

Posted by Admin On Sunday, 15 May 2011 0 comments

Hundreds of angry Afghans have staged a protest in Hesarak district of Nangarhar province against the killing of innocent civilians at the hands of foreign forces.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Saturday morning, voicing outrage at the killing of a 12-year-old Afghan boy by the US-led NATO forces.

Mohammad Balal, the son of an Afghan soldier, was killed on Friday night in Hesarak town, as foreign forces were carrying out an operation.

Two people were killed and six others left injured as security forces opened fire at protesters. Witnesses say violence erupted when the protesters tried to move towards the governor's office.

Hesarak governor, Abdul Khalegh Maroof, said some opposition armed men tried to attack the governor's building.

In a separate incident on Thursday, a 12-year-old girl was killed in the same province after foreign troops hurled a hand grenade towards her.

Hundreds of Afghan civilians have lost their lives in US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months.

President Hamid Karzai has urged the US-led forces to refrain from bombing Afghan civilians in their so-called war on terrorism.

Violence across Afghanistan hit record levels in 2010, making it the year with the highest civilian and military casualties since the start of the US-led war in 2001.


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