NATO Accidentally Kills Karzai Relative

Afghan president again calls for more care in avoiding civilian casualties
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2011 8:17 AM CST
Ahmed Wali Karzai: NATO Accidentally Killed Karzai Relative
Ahmed Wali Karzai speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 30, 2009.   (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

NATO forces accidentally shot and killed a member of the Karzai family during a botched night raid, Ahmed Wali Karzai told reporters today. He described the victim only as "our father's cousin," the Telegraph reports. "The forces conducted an operation, he was at his home, he came out and was shot," said Karzai, the younger brother of the Afghan president. "It was a mistake. What can you do about it?"

A spokesman for Hamid Karzai said he's "extremely sad, just as he's sad over any incident that takes the life of an innocent." He added that Karzai "once again calls on NATO forces to avoid killing civilians." NATO says it's investigating the incident. (More Ahmed Wali Karzai stories.)

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