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Afghanistan erupts over civilian deaths in Nato raid, 12 dead

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A deadly Nato raid in Afghanistan on Wednesday sparked protests that left 12 people dead and a furious president Hamid Karzai demanding an explanation from the US commander on the ground. Police opened fire as 2,000 people, some throwing rocks at a foreign military and civilian reconstruction base, took to the streets of Taloqan, capital of the usually peaceful northeastern province of Takhar.

Around 80 people, including two German soldiers, were also wounded in the troubles that broke out after Nato-led forces said they killed four insurgents , including two armed women, during an overnight raid in the town.

A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the raid targeted the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a militant group that operates from bases including in Afghanistan. But the protesters and the Westernbacked Karzai administration said those who died during the operation were civilians.

“The situation is calm and the demonstrations are over,” said a spokesman for the provincial governor, Faiz Mohammad Tawhidi. “Twelve people have been killed and 80 others injured.” Agencies

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