NATO kills 5 Afghans in night raid, villagers protest

Scores of angry protesters came out onto the main highway toward Kabul on Friday morning to protest against the incident, chanting "Death to America" and anti-government slogans.

NATO kills 5 Afghans in night raid, villagers protest

NATO killed five Afghans what they call "insurgents" during a pre-dawn swoop on a house on Friday, prompting angry villagers to demonstrate in protest.

Two NATO soldiers were also killed in the raid.

The international force said the dead Afghans were "all insurgents", who had opened fire on troops as they approached a house. But, villagers in the area in Logar province described the men as civilians.

The U.S. and NATO commander, General Stanley McChrystal refused so-called "night raids" on Afghan houses by foreign troops in the hours of darkness that are frequent.

Troops were sent to the house "after intelligence indicated insurgent activity", a NATO statement said.

A "Taliban suicide attack commander" was among those killed in the firefight, and ammunition and bomb-making gear were found in the house, it said, adding that no civilians were harmed.

"Brutally"

Scores of angry protesters came out onto the main highway toward Kabul on Friday morning to protest against the incident, chanting "Death to America" and anti-government slogans.

"Why do the Americans kill our people brutally everyday? We want them to stop this or we will pick up weapons and fight them," said a protester, Nawid, who goes only by one name.

Deen Mohammad, a school student and neighbour of the house where the raid took place, said the five who were killed were two brothers who owned the house, and "three of their guests who had nothing to do with the Taliban".

Earlier this week, a convoy of NATO forces opened fire on a car in the southeastern Khost province, killing four unarmed teenagers and young men. NATO initially said two of the dead were insurgents, but later admitted, that all four were civilians.

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