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UK troops kill fours Afghan civilians


Kabul : British troops in southern Afghanistan killed four civilians and injured three others after a vehicle failed to stop at a checkpoint.

Soldiers opened fire on the vehicle north of Sangin town centre in Helmand Province, suspecting that those inside were insurgents, a NATO statement said.

The wounded were taken to a field hospital at the UK’s Camp Bastion.

A spokesman said there was always a risk vehicles which failed to stop could contain explosives.

He added: “It’s regrettable that this has happened but it’s very hard to make these decisions.”

The International Security Assistance Force said the situation had been “caused by the reckless actions of the vehicle driver”.