12 killed in Afghan protest over civilian killings

May 18th, 2011 - 11:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Kabul, May 18 (IANS) At least 12 people were killed and over 70 injured in Afghanistan Wednesday in shooting during a protest being staged to condemn the alleged killing of four civilians by NATO-led troops in Takhar province a day before.

“The number of killed people has risen to 12 in the provincial hospital in Taluqan city and over 70 were injured in today’s protest,” acting-chairman of provincial hospital Mohammad Hassan Basij told Xinhua.

He said three children were among the injured, adding some of the wounded were in a critical condition.

According to locals, some 2,000 Afghans went to the street to protest the alleged killing of four civilians by NATO-led troops and blamed the foreign forces for killing four civilians including two women, and arresting two others in a raid on a house outside Takhar provincial capital city of Taluqan, 245 km north of Kabul.

Meanwhile, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement that all the four people killed during the operation in Taluqan Tuesday night were armed insurgents.

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