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Afghan forces mistakenly kill 9, mostly civilians: Officials

Provincial governor Hayatullah Hayat said eight other civilians were wounded in the raid late Monday night in Chaparhar district.

world Updated: May 29, 2018 17:55 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Associated Press, Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan forces killed nine people, mostly civilians, by mistake during a raid on a house in eastern Nangarhar province.
Afghan forces killed nine people, mostly civilians, by mistake during a raid on a house in eastern Nangarhar province.(AP File Photo/For Representation)
         

Officials say Afghan forces killed nine people, mostly civilians, by mistake during a raid on a house in eastern Nangarhar province.

Provincial governor Hayatullah Hayat says Tuesday that eight other civilians were wounded in the raid late Monday night in Chaparhar district.

Hayat said a local police commander was among the dead.

He said gunfire had been coming from the house that was raided, but the casualties were identified as mostly civilians once the operation ended.

An investigation was being conducted into how the operation resulted in civilian casualties.

Inamullah Miakhail, a spokesman for the hospital in Nangarhar, also confirmed that nine dead bodies were brought to the hospital from the raid.

Both Taliban and the Islamic States group are active in eastern Afghanistan.

First Published: May 29, 2018 10:38 IST

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