Ex-Senator's Relatives: NATO Troops Kill Afghan Teacher, Two Daughters
October 16, 2011
Afghan teacher, two daughters killed by NATO-led forces
Kabul: A teacher and two of his daughters were killed late Saturday, allegedly in an operation by the NATO-led international forces in central Wardak province, an official said.
'NATO troops conducted an operation in Chak-e-Wardak district and during the operation, a teacher, and two of his daughters were killed,' said Shahidullah Shahid, the provincial governor's spokesman.
Shahid said they are investigating the incident to determine if the teacher was affiliated with the Taliban.
A NATO spokesman in Kabul avoided giving further details about whether the Taliban commander had been arrested.
Pajhwok Afghan News
October 16, 2011
Foreign troops kill ex-senator's relatives
By Mohammad Farid Karimi
MAIDAN WARDAK: International troops killed three family members of a former senator, Sami Jan Sherzad, and detained two others during a nighttime raid in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Sunday.
Noor Agha, a nephew of Sherzad, was killed along with two daughters, aged 18 and 20 years, during a raid on their house at midnight in the Momad village of Gardan Masjid Valley in Chak district, said a relative of the victims, Hayatullah Halim.
Air-dropped in the area, the NATO-led troops stormed Agha's house, he said, adding the man and his daughters, both primary schoolteachers, were killed in the operation.
"The troops opened fire from the rooftop of the house at sleeping people," he said. When Noor came out of his room after his daughters were shot dead, the soldiers sprayed him with bullets.
The soldiers also took away Sherzad's two nephews, who had no ties to militants, the relative alleged, saying Agha was also a high schoolteacher.
Criticising the foreign troops, he said: "They don't differentiate between militants and civilians, killing innocent Afghans."
Chak district chief Mohammad Ismail Wafa confirmed the death of three family members of Sherzad, without giving details.
However, the governor's spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, said US troops were fired upon from the house, and the soldiers returned fire. It was not clear who killed the three, he added.
A delegation, led by the Chak district chief, has been appointed to investigate the incident.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) media office in Kabul said they had launched an investigation into the case and would soon release details.