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PAN, April 18, 2009

ISAF soldiers kill three civilians in Helmand

ISAF helicopter opened fire on his family members at eight pm, he added, his three-months old granddaughter had survived the attack.

Zainullah Stanikzai

Soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) shot dead three family members of a former Jihadi commander in southern Helmand province, officials said Saturday.

Mavlavi Mukhtar Ahmad Haqani director of Hajj and Auqaf department of the province told Pajhwok Afghan News the victims were family members of commander Abdul Ahad Khan famous as Baghran Rayes. The dead were included former commander's son, sister in law and his driver.

As Obama’s Afghan “surge” takes hold, more fighting and more civilian deaths are certain (as well as renewed efforts by the United States to redefine, omit and suppress reporting upon such). The U.S. mainstream media will mostly be a cooperative partner in the Pentagon’s news management. Many in Afghan see no realistic prospect for peace as long as foreign soldiers remain in Afghanistan and the Taliban have no incentive to compromise when they are in a winning position.
Prof. Marc Herold (RAWA News), Apr. 12, 2009

The three were killed in Balshing area while they were returning to Baghran from capital Kabul, he informed, a three months old baby survived the attack.

A grand gathering was held in the province to react for the merciless act, he added, great number of elders and religious scholars attended the gathering.

Attendants seriously condemned the attack.

Abdul Ahad Khan the former commander in Kabul confirmed the attack by foreign forces left three members of his family dead.

ISAF helicopter opened fire on his family members at eight pm, he added, his three-months old granddaughter had survived the attack.

"My son, Zia-ul-Haq was 35-years-old and had memorized holy Quran by heart." He added, they had no enmity with anyone. The former commander choose to live in Kabul as he is suspected by foreign forces for links with Taliban, he informed.

There are no immediate comments from local ISAF forces on the incident.

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