Five Afghans killed in US raid near countrys border with Tajikistan

March 23rd, 2009 - 2:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Kabul, Mar.23 (ANI): United States Special Forces reportedly killed five people near the Afghan-Tajik border on Sunday, and claimed that they were militants.
The United States military said in a statement that its forces had also detained four suspects in an operation against a terrorist network.
The military statement also said the operation was coordinated with the local Afghan police. But the provincial police chief, General Abdul Razaq Yaqoubi, said no information had been given to him, the Kunduz governor or the head of intelligence.
He said the American unit that conducted the raid had called the police chief of Imam Sahib when it started the operation and specifically told the police not to go to the area.
The raid came after repeated complaints from President Hamid Karzai and provincial Afghan officials about the high civilian toll from, and public furor over American-led counter-terrorism operations, in particular overnight raids on houses and villages.
The American military spokesman here could not be reached for comment on the conflicting accounts of the Sunday raid.
The statement on the raid issued by the American military said that when Afghan and coalition forces assaulted the compound they encountered enemy combatants in the courtyard.
It said that the military had found AK-47 rifles in the compound, and that no women or children were present. (ANI)

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