Afghan cleaner shot dead inside NATO HQ

By REUTERS
August 17, 2011 00:36

 
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KABUL - An Afghan cleaner was killed inside the headquarters of NATO-led forces in Kabul, his family and Western officials said on Tuesday, and investigators were checking whether he was shot by a foreign soldier.

The 21-year-old man's brother said he believed he had been shot on Sunday, possibly accidentally, by a member of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. ISAF confirmed the shooting but said it could say who had opened fire or why.

Civilian casualties caused by foreign troops have long been a point of contention between President Hamid Karzai and his Western backers. The latest incident is likely to stoke tensions in Afghanistan, where civilian deaths are at a record high.

"He passed away from the wounds caused by the weapon discharge," said ISAF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Cummings. He added that an investigation was under way.

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