Afghans chanted “Death to America” and demanded US troops leave Afghanistan as mobs threw stones at government offices Thursday in a violent protest against civilian deaths, witnesses said.
Four people were wounded when hundreds of furious demonstrators protested in the western town of Farah against the reported killings of up to 70 civilians during US-led air strikes and fighting against insurgents, officials said.
“Police tried to disperse them but they started throwing stones at police, who fired into the air,” deputy provincial governor Mohammad Younus Rasouli told AFP, describing the protest as “violent”.
He said no one was hurt in the shooting. However, the provincial health director, Abdul Jabar Sahieq, said one demonstrator was admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds and three others with injuries from being trampled.
“People are really angry and they shout ‘death to America, death to the invaders,'” a demonstrator who gave his name only as Abdullah told AFP before the protest was broken up.
“They are hurling stones at government buildings and there is some gunfire in the air,” he said, adding that he didn’t know who was firing.
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US military and Afghan teams pressed on Thursday with an investigation into how many civilians and insurgents were killed in fighting and air strikes this week in what appeared to be one of the deadliest incidents for Afghan civilians in eight years.
Afghan police said more than 100 people were dead, most of them civilians. One Afghan official said he had seen the bodies of 20 children.