Joint Afghan-NATO Raid Kills 2 In Eastern Village

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- NATO says a Taliban leader and another insurgent were killed after they opened fire on Afghan and coalition troops during a night raid in the country's east.
But villager Abdul Malik Abdul Rahimzai says the soldiers who attacked a neighbor's house in Qarghayi district in the eastern province of Laghman killed "innocent people" who were unarmed.
Mohammad Aziz Khochi says two of his nephews were killed in the raid. He says one was a local council member and that they were not insurgents.
NATO says the Taliban leader coordinated roadside bombings in the province. It says several insurgents were detained in the operation.
Night raids are controversial in Afghanistan. Under a recent U.S.-Afghan deal, they must now be led by Afghan forces.


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