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Afghans protest alleged NATO killings

Monday, August 08, 2011 - 01:31

Aug. 8 - Hundreds of angry Afghans take to the streets of Ghazni to protest the death of two civilians they say were killed in a NATO-led air strike. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Hundreds of people take to the streets of Ghazni in eastern Afghanistan to protest against the deaths of two civilians they say were killed in an overnight NATO air strike. They chant, "Death to America!" (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) MOHAMMAD HAMID, ONE OF THE PROTESTERS: "We came here to protest against the American bombardment. Their airstrike killed two innocent civilians and injured five people last night." Protesters say a similar bombardment by NATO troops in the same area three weeks ago killed two children. (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) ANGRY PROTESTER GHAZI MOHAMMAD RASOLI A RESIDENT OF THE AREA: "Last night a NATO airstrike killed two civilians in Khogyani district. Three weeks ago in the same district an airstrike killed two children." On Sunday Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered an investigation into a NATO airstrike that allegedly killed eight civilians in Helmand province on Friday. UN figures show nearly 1,500 civilians were killed in conflict-related incidents during the first half of 2011, the deadliest period for civilians since the Taliban were toppled in late 2001. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Afghans protest alleged NATO killings

Monday, August 08, 2011 - 01:31