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Foreign forces apologize for killing civilians in Khost.

KHOST, July 27, 2011 (Frontier Star): Commander of NATO forces in south-eastern Khost province on Tuesday (July 26) apologized over civilian deaths during a night raid by NATO forces near Khost City on July 14. The NATO forces commander, Col. Chris Toner accompanied by Khost governor and other officials met tribal elders and the relatives of the deceased civilians at Guesthouse in Khost City. The foreign forces commander for Khost and Paktia provinces apologized for the killing of six civilians during a raid in Habashkhel area of Matoon, limits of Khost city, on the night between July 14 and 15. Besides apologizing for the incident, Colonel Toner also presented six sheep to the victim families as part of the Afghan culture to regret the incident. Talking on the occasion, the NATO forces commander said the operation was aimed at targeting a commander of Maulvi Haqqani network who had planned to conduct suicide attacks in Khost but the civilians were killed inadvertently. He assured that further efforts would be made to protect civilians during operations. The ISAF commander, however, did not spoke on the killing of 13 civilians killed during another operation on July 06 in Kamalkhel area of Daumanda district, Khost province. A commission formed by the Afghan president to conduct investigations into claims of civilian death, disclosed that 13 people including women and children were killed during the operation.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 27, 2011
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