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5 killed, as many detained in Nangarhar night raid

5 killed, as many detained in Nangarhar night raid

Jun 19, 2017 - 15:53

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): At least five people have been killed and five others arrested during an overnight operation by Afghan Special Forces in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Monday.

Local authorities said Taliban militants were the target of the raid in Ghanikhel district, but area people claimed all the dead were ordinary poultry farm workers.

Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the 02 Airfield Afghan Special Forces conducted the midnight operation in Siah Chob area.

The Special Forces exchanged gunfire with the men inside the targeted house. Five people were killed and five others were captured as a result of the operation, he added. Identities of those killed and arrested are being investigated.

On the other hand, local residents said all the people killed in the raid were civilians. But there is still no information about those taken away by the Special Forces. One resident the dead were all civilians -- workers of a poultry farm.

“Five people were killed on the farm, one of them a resident of the Mamand area of Achin district. He was a poor man working here. The remaining four men belonged to the area,” he said.

Meanwhile, Taliban denied their members were killed in the incident. The group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the people killed did not belong to the rebel movement.

About a week ago, three civilians -- a man and his two sons -- were killed by US troops in the same district. American forces opened fire on them after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the area.