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PAN, December 17, 2008

Coalition forces kill three of an Afghan family in Khost

He also showed Pajhwok Afghan News the two women and a child who were badly bitten by spy dogs of the foreign forces.

Saboor Mangal

Killed by NATO in Khost province of Afghanistan on Dec.17, 2008
KHOST, Dec. 17, 2008: The dead body of a civilian shot for reasons unknown in his house by NATO soldiers.

KHOST CITY: Three of a family, including a couple and their son were killed by the firing of Coalition forces in Kandao area near NATO base in Khost City of the eastern Khost province.

Tahir Khan Sabri, deputy governor of the province told Pajhwok Afghan News that coalition forces in an operation at the house of the brother of Dr. Bilal has killed his brother, sister-in-law and nephew.

Sabri quoting Dr.Bilal said that they were sitting in the hujra when coalition forces entered their house and opened indiscriminate fire about 11 pm. "Coalition forces said they started the operation for arresting a suspect," Bilal said.

Younas, another son of the deceased couple said that their house was just 500 meters away from the base and the family had no enmity with anyone. He said if coalition forces wanted to get someone they should inform us and then could search the whole house.

Killed by NATO in Khost province of Afghanistan on Dec.17, 2008
A boy bitten in the leg by a NATO dog during an ISAF raid on his house in Khost. Photos: PAJHWOK/Saboor Mangal

He also showed Pajhwok Afghan News the two women and a child who were badly bitten by spy dogs of the foreign forces. An elder of Kandao village Toor Haji told this news agency that they knew the family since long and said that they were poor people having no anti-state relations.

A press release issued by the press center of the foreign forces said that last night Afghan National Police and Coalition forces killed three armed militants and detained five suspected militants, including the targeted individual during an operation to disrupt the al-Qaeda terrorist network.

During the operation, the combined force encountered one militant armed with an AK-47 assault rifle who attempted to engage the force. The combined force engaged the militant with small-arms and killed him.

Additionally, three militants, two armed with AK-47s and one with a shotgun, attempted to maneuver on and engaged the combined force as they searched the compound. The combined force returned fire killing two militants and wounding the third, which was later revealed to be a female. It further said that they are coordinating a joint press release with the MOI that will be out soon with more detail.

Translated and edited by Abid Jan Razarwal

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