Police shot dead a an Afghan protester in eastern Afghanistan on Friday after thousands of villagers protest against NATO raids which they said killed 11 civilians overnight, a local official said.
Crowds of men marched through the streets of Surkhrod district in Nangahar province, with chants like "Death to Americans, Long Live the Taliban" and pelted stones at government buildings before they were fired on by police.
Haji Jamal, head of the local provincial council, told Reuters that one of the protesters had been shot dead by police gunfire. The interior ministry was not immediately available for comment.
The protest erupted after a NATO-led raid overnight in a village in Surkhrod district angered residents who said the raid killed innocent civilians.
So-called "night raids" on Afghan houses by foreign troops in the hours of darkness often cause deaths of civilians.
The U.S. and NATO commander, General Stanley McChrystal has however refused to ban night raids outright, as requested by President Hamid Karzai.
NATO-led forces said an overnight operation had taken place in Surkhrod district and that only "insurgents" had been killed, including a Taliban sub-commander, and no civilians had been harmed.
"Reports indicate no civilians were harmed during the operation," a NATO statement said. It did say how many people were killed.
Ali Khan, who lives next door to the homes which were raided said he heard helicopters land at about 1 a.m. (2030 GMT).
"And then the gunshots started. We were terrified and we couldn't come outside," he told Reuters.
"Dozens of Afghan and foreign troops raided three homes and we found out in the morning that nine people were killed and two others are missing," Khan said.
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