Hundreds gathered in a mosque in northern occupied Afghanistan on Sunday, demanding NATO forces release an influential cleric arrested in a raid.
In the northern province of Kunduz, NATO said its forces, in tandem with their Afghan counterparts, arrested five people early Sunday.
Provincial authorities said hundreds gathered in the main mosque in the city of Kunduz to protest the arrest of Mullah Nurallah, the apparent target of the raid early Sunday.
But Afghan authorities denied that local forces were involved.
"It was carried out by U.S. Special Forces, and if they had any Afghan special forces with them, then we're not aware of it," said Muhbob Sayedi, the spokesman for the Kunduz governor.
Residents said a 10-year-old boy was among those detained.
AgenciesLast Mod: 09 Ocak 2011, 17:37