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11 die as Afghan rally over NATO raid turns violent

KABUL, Afghanistan — Hundreds of protesters, angered by an overnight NATO raid that they believed had killed four civilians, clashed on Wednesday with security forces on the streets of a northern Afghan city. Eleven people died in the fighting, government officials said.

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Mourners carry the bodies of people killed overnight after a raid by NATO and Afghan forces, during a protest in Taloqan, Afghanistan on May 18. Eleven people have been killed and fifty wounded in violent protests against the killing of two men and two women in a night-time raid in north Afghanistan, officials said.

The demonstrators fought with police and tried to assault a German military outpost in the city of Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province, the officials said, adding that some 50 were injured.

The protest was triggered by an overnight NATO raid on the outskirts of the city. The coalition said four insurgents died in the operation and that two others were detained. Continue reading.

Wahdat Afghan / Reuters

A girl whose family members were killed overnight after a raid by NATO and Afghan forces, covers her face as she weeps during a protest in Taloqan on May 18.