From Al Jazeera:
Afghans angry at ‘civilian deaths‘
Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in eastern Afghanistan, accusing Nato-led forces of killing civilians during an overnight raid near the city of Jalalabad.
Angry Afghans set fire to tyres and blocked roads in the Surkh Road district of Nangahar province on Friday, demanding an explanation for the deaths.
Witnesses told Al Jazeera that between nine and 15 civilians had been killed in the Nato attack.
Mohammed Arish, a government administrator in Surkh Rod, said a father and his four sons and four members of another family were among the dead.
“They are farmers. They are innocent. They are not insurgents or militants,” Arish told The Associated Press by phone.
Arish said the protesters had tried to march toward the provincial capital of Jalalabad before being turned back by police.
The Nangahar governor’s office said at least three people were injured during a clash with police. …
“According to a Nato and Isaf [International Security Assistance Force] statement they were targeting Taliban sub-commanders and some fighters which their intelligence said were hiding in a compound outside a village.
“But the villagers said none of those killed had anything to do with the Taliban, that all of them were innocent civilians and members of two different families.” …
Last year was the deadliest for Afghan civilians since the war started in 2001, according to the United Nations.
Afghan officials say about 170 Afghan civilians were killed between the months of March and April this year alone, an increase of 33 per cent compared to the same period last year.
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