Afghan govt wants foreign `killers of civilians` handed over

Last Updated: Friday, January 1, 2010 - 09:50

Kabul: Afghanistan`s government demanded n Thursday that the foreigners responsible for the alleged killing of 10 unarmed civilians in a recent military operation be handed over to its custody.
The demand came from the National Security Council (NSC), chaired by President Hamid Karzai, who has been vocal in his condemnation of international forces he believes are responsible for the incident.

"The meeting of the National Security Council demanded that those responsible for the deaths of those innocent youths must be handed over to the Afghan government," a statement from Karzai`s office said.

Afghan authorities, citing the results of an investigation, said yesterday that Western military forces killed 10 civilians, eight of them teenagers, in a raid late Saturday in the province of Kunar, a known militant flashpoint.

NATO forces have disputed the results of the Afghan probe, saying that the foreigners involved were non-military Americans on a sanctioned operation who fired in self-defence after being shot at by villagers.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 1, 2010 - 09:50

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