Breaking News Bar
posted: 2/6/2010 12:01 AM

Afghan police patrol kills 7 civilians

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Afghan border police mistook a group of villagers gathering wood near the Pakistan border as insurgents and opened fire, killing seven civilians, a police official said Saturday.

All six officers involved in Friday's pre-dawn shooting have been arrested and the incident is under investigation, said Gen. Abdul Raziq, the commander of the border police of southern Afghanistan.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The Afghan-Pakistan border area is a common transit route for both Taliban militants and smugglers, and border police regularly are attacked in the area.

The officers were driving through Kandahar province's Shorabak district before sunrise Friday when they spotted the group of seven men and thought they were about to be ambushed, Raziq said. They started shooting from about 400 yards (meters) away and only discovered when they went to recover the bodies that none were armed, he said.

The officers then confirmed with local residents that the dead were not militants, he added.

Share this page
    help here