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Afghan forces mistakenly kill 6 civilians in Afghanistan

An Afghan security forces raid against Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar province mistakenly killed at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, provincial officials said Saturday. Attahullah Khogyani, the provincial governor s spokesman, said 10 insurgents were also killed in the Friday night attack in Sherzad district. The civilians vehicle was exiting the area right after the raid and security forces thought that Taliban fighters were trying to escape, so they opened fire and mistakenly killed the civilians, Khogyani said. Ajmal Omer, a provincial councilman, said villagers carrying the victims bodies in a procession in the provincial capital of Jalalabad demanded justice for the victims families. Both Taliban and Islamic State group fighters are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially in Nangarhar. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said Saturday it was concerned about the heavy toll on civilians in the conflict during the holy month of ...

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