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Afghan fury at NATO raid deaths

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 01:25

May 18 - Thousands of protesters take to the streets of Taloqan to vent their anger at a NATO-led night raid that residents say killed four civilians. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Violent protests in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday claim the lives of 12 and leave 80 wounded. Demonstrators in the town of Taloqan are incensed by a NATO-led raid on Tuesday evening that they say killed four civilians, including two women. They throw mud and stones at a billboard of Afghan President Hamid Karzai - and chant "Death to America." The NATO-led forces say the four killed in the night raid were insurgents. But a relative says the dead were not extremists. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) HABIBIULLAH WHOSE FAMILY WAS KILLED BY NATO NIGHT RAID: "Four helicopters were in our village. First they besieged the area then they killed my family. We are not Taliban, we are not al-Qaeda. I don't know what was our sin that they killed my family." Security forces opened fire to disperse the crowd, estimated at 3000 people, after violence broke out. Last month seven United Nations staff were killed during protests against the burning of a Koran by a U.S. pastor. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Afghan fury at NATO raid deaths

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 01:25