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Karzai Condemns Civilian Deaths In Jalalabad Fighting

Hamid Karzai (file photo) (epa) March 5, 2007 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai today condemned the deaths of 10 civilians in a clash between U.S. troops and insurgents near the eastern city of Jalalabad.

Karzai also ordered an investigation into the March 4 incident.

The U.S. military earlier said that eight civilians were killed when U.S. troops returned fire after Taliban militants attacked their convoy with gunfire and a car bomb.

Hundreds of locals gathered to protest the civilian deaths.

(AFP, Reuters)

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