Afghans killed for demonstrating

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Some of the people injured at the demonstration

From Associated Press:

Afghan police kill 8 at protest

By KATHY GANNON and MIRWAIS KHAN

05/08/2013 09:27:52 AM CDT

KABUL, Afghanistan—Afghan police were accused of killing eight protesters at a demonstration on Wednesday as the U.S.-led coalition said it had opened an investigation into allegations of misconduct by NATO troops during an encounter with insurgents.

Both incidents occurred in southern Afghanistan where violence has escalated in recent weeks following a Taliban announcement launching the start of its spring offensive.

Villagers in the town of Maiwand said Afghan police opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators who were protesting raids that Afghan and NATO forces conducted in their village of Loye Karez two days earlier.

Accounts differed as to whether the eight killed were unarmed protesters or militants. Ten other people were wounded.

Kandahar Provincial Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq said Taliban insurgents had infiltrated the demonstration.

Abdul Qayyum, a 45-year-old…

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