US kills 4 Afghans including two women, a boy

But some people who introduced themselves by phone as residents told reporters that dozens of civilians were killed in late Tuesday's air attacks in Mata Khan district of the province which lies near the border with Pakistan.

US kills 4 Afghans including two women, a boy

U.S.-led forces killed four Afghan civilians, including two women and a boy, in an operation against the insurgents in the southeastern province of Paktika, the U.S. military said in a statement on Wednesday.

But some people who introduced themselves by phone as residents told reporters that dozens of civilians were killed in late Tuesday's air attacks in Mata Khan district of the province which lies near the border with Pakistan.

Afghan provincial officials declined to confirm or deny the accounts.

The operation was aimed at two insurgent leaders, the U.S. military said in its statement, without identifying the pair.

"The operation also resulted in four civilian deaths and one civilian injury," it said, adding the fatalities included two women and a boy.

More than 520 civilians were killed during operations by foreign troops against the Taliban last year alone, according to aid groups and some Afghan officials.

A U.N. Human Rights rapporteur last month said some 200 civilians have been killed by foreign and Afghan forces since the start of 2008.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Haziran 2008, 13:10
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