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Afghans protest against US troops after killings

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With the alleged indiscriminate shooting by US troops of civilians leaving dead and wounded plus other reports of AP photographers having their film and video deleted by US troops, it sounds like frustration is very high in Afghanistan. None of this is good for Afghanistan or the US but with the heavy weight of Iraq, this comes as no surprise.

Thousands of angry demonstrators took to the streets in Afghanistan yesterday after US forces were involved in a panicked shooting which left 16 civilians dead and 23 injured.

Local people as well as a number of Afghan officials accused the American marines of opening fire indiscriminately following a suicide bomb attack on their convoy in Nangarhar province.

With protests continuing to grow, and the police coming under attack from stone- throwing crowds, the US military maintained that the casualties were the victims of a "complex ambush" in which gunmen had carried out a synchronised attack following the blast in which a marine was injured.

But Mohammad Khan Katawazi, the district chief of Shinwar district, where the deaths took place, insisted that they "treated every car and person along the highway as a potential attacker" as they attempted to speed away from the scene of the explosion.

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