US soldiers killed four civilian members of the same family during a raid on Friday in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, an Afghan rights body said.
The soldiers also arrested 15 civilians during the pre-dawn raid in Khogiani district which lies in the foothills of the provincial capital Jalalabad, the head of Afghanistan’s Human Rights Group said.
Those killed in the raid were an 85-year-old man, Mohammada Jan, two of his sons and a grandson, Lal Gul told Reuters.
“The American soldiers blew up the gate of Mohammada Jan’s house and then martyred him along with his three family members,” Gul said.
“From there they went to several other houses, broke into them and arrested 15 civilians,” he added.
A US military official confirmed the operation, but said coalition soldiers killed three "militants" after they came under fire and arrested 16 more.
They claimed there were no civilian casualties.
President Hamid Karzai and provincial officials said last week that scores of civilians had been killed recently in foreign troops operations in Afghanistan.
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