Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 1 February 2015

Nato kill relative of Afghan president

Nato troops shot dead an aged relative of Afghan president Hamid Karzai after mistaking him for an insurgent, Afghan officials have said, as anger continues to grow over civilian casualties.

Haji Yar Mohammad, a second cousin of the president, was killed during a night raid in the village of Karz in southern Afghanistan.

Nato said it was “aware of conflicting reports about the identities of those involved” and launched an urgent inquiry into his death.

Despite an ongoing row with Nato's top commander in Afghanistan, US general David Petraeus, over heavy civilian casualties, president Karzai and his family sought to play down the incident, saying it weighed no more heavily on him than the death of any innocent Afghan.

“The president is sad to hear about another civilian casualty case, and has ordered an investigation,” his spokesman said.

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