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2 civilians killed, 4 detained during NATO operation in Kandahar

By Meena Haseeb - Mon May 13 2013, 9:03 am

Night time operation in AfghanistanAccording to reports at least two Afghan civilians were killed during a night time military operation by NATO-led coalition security forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

Local officials in Kandahar province confirming the report said coalition security forces have also detained at least four Afghan civilians during the operation which was conducted in Arghandab district.

Provincial security chief Gen. Abdul Razaq confirmed the reports regarding the night time military operation in Arghandab district however he did not elaborate further regarding the operation.

Gen. Razaq said it was not yet clear if the victims of the operation are civilians or insurgents.

In the meantime local residents in Arghandab district claimed that coalition security forces attacked a civilian house after becoming suspicious that
the house was used by militants.

In the meantime coalition security forces following a statement denied the reports and said, “We can confirm an Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents, of which one was a Taliban leader, Wahidullah Khan, and detained two insurgents during an operation in Arghandab district, Kandahar province, yesterday. During the operation, Khan and another insurgent opened fire on the security force. The security force returned fire, killing both. The security force also seized IED-making material, one AK-47, one pistol and four magazines as a result of the operation.”

The statement further added, “Khan was in charge of a group of fighters responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He was also involved in the facilitation of weapons and military equipment for his group of insurgents and directed night patrols in order to harass the local
Afghan populace.”

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