NATO forces kill Karzai’s cousin by mistake

NATO forces mistakenly killed a cousin of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2011, 00:27 AM IST

Kabul: NATO forces in Afghanistan mistakenly killed a cousin of the country`s President, Hamid Karzai, in the southern Kandahar province, local media said Thursday.

"Haji Yar Mohammad Khan was mistakenly killed as foreign troops pursued insurgents in the Karz area of Dand district," the Pajhwok Afghan News agency reported, citing the president`s half-brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai.

A spokesman for the local governor confirmed the report, but declined to give any further details of the incident, which took place late on Thursday.
At least 440 civilian deaths were attributed to the US-led coalition last year, down 26 percent from the previous year, according to a UN report.

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