Oct. 23, 2010
Two Afghan civilians were killed on Saturday as Taliban militants attacked a NATO-led force patrol in Afghanistan’s Wardak province, 40 Km west of Afghan capital Kabul, the military alliance said.
“Two civilians were possibly killed when insurgents attacked a coalition patrol in Maidan Shahr district, Wardak province Saturday,” the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force ( ISAF) confirmed in a press release here.
It said the coalition unit was on a patrol when they were attacked by insurgents with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
“The coalition forces stopped the patrol to investigate the explosion and clear the area of any more IEDs,”it added.
The press release further said that the patrol came under small- arms fire from an unknown number of insurgents prompting the troops to return fire.
“The patrol returned fire. During the attack, three Afghan citizens on a motorcycle entered the engagement area. Two of them fell off the vehicle and were taken away by local villagers,” it further said.
Their condition could not be verified by coalition forces before they were taken away, it stated.
Coalition and Afghan National Security Forces are investigating the incident, it further said.
Meantime, spokesman of Wardak provincial administration Shahidullah Shahid in talks with Xinhua insisted that both the victims were students of a school and students in protest staged a demonstration and blocked Kabul-Ghazni road for one hour besides calling on the government to bring to justice those behind the incident.
Shahid also said that a commission has been constituted to initiate a probe into the case.