May 18th, 2011
11:06 AM ET

At least 10 dead as Afghans protest NATO raid victims

At least 10 people were killed and 70 injured Wednesday during protests against a NATO raid that Afghan officials say killed civilians in northern Afghanistan, according to local officials and German military officers.

Protesters clashed with police during the demonstrations attended by about 4,000 people, said Gov. Abdul Jabar Taqwa of Takhar province.

They were protesting an attack Tuesday night that NATO said killed four insurgents, including two armed females.

However, a deputy governor said the victims of the attack included a man, his wife and a guest not linked to any insurgent group.

Afghan officials said 11 people were killed during the protests, while German officials put the death toll at 10.

The demonstrations took place near the offices of a German provincial reconstruction team.

Two German soldiers and four Afghan guards were injured during the clashes, according to the German military.

The protesters "were ordinary and innocent residents of the village," said Farid Zaki, the deputy governor. "These night raids are creating mistrust between the people, the Afghan government and international forces."

The joint Afghan and coalition force operation Tuesday night targeted "the facilitator" of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in Taloqan district, according to NATO.

"The facilitator acquires, constructs and moves weapons and explosives throughout the province," NATO said in a statement. "He is currently heavily involved in the movement and procurement of weapons for imminent attacks."

Workers relax in Kabul on Wednesday, the morning after a NATO strike killed four insurgents, including two armed females.
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  1. Saidu audu

    I love it thank u

    May 28, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. BANGASH

    Salerno where is Pamiri and that stupid Riza? Probably they cannot dare to comment on this inhuman incident as they will loose their jobs and may annoy their Masters.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan from Detroit, MI

    More obscene carnage by those thugs in the NATO forces. I noticed how the people in the right-wing news media used to villify the Russians for doing the same thing back in the 1980's and today are trying to glorify these NATO thugs. The NATO forces are no more heroes than the Russians were villains,just to keep the facts straight!

    May 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Obscene carnage in the name of democracy. They kill innocent civilians including women and children ans when people protest they kill again.

      May 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NoSacredCow

    Are you sure she isn't singing about doing Ecstasy? Sounds like she's singing "Share a bean share a bean..."

    May 18, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • p3c3

      HAHAHAHA. Nice one, lol.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. NoSacredCow

    Lesson to the Afghani's. Don't get the Germans ticked off.

    So they protest the death of 4 and lose 11 more. This is why the western world considers them backasswards. They are horrible at math as well as social engineering.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |