Afghanistan: more controversy over civilian casualties

The US military said coalition and Afghan troops killed six Taliban fighters and arrested four in eastern Afghanistan May 30, but a provincial official and residents said the casualties were villagers. The coalition statement did not mention the location in Nangarhar province, but Dadak Zalmai, the chief of Khogiani district, said there was a pre-dawn raid on a house in his district. “The troops killed three civilians and took four with them,” Zalmai said. Several residents said seven civilians, including women and children, were killed and eight wounded in the raid. (Reuters, May 30) NATO forces also acknowledged that a Chinook transport helicopter went down in southern Afghanistan May 30. (Reuters, May 30)

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