NATO troops kill Afghan imam

The shooting triggered a protest outside Camp Phoenix, one of the largest foreign military bases in Kabul.

NATO troops kill Afghan imam

NATO troops in a convoy killed an Afghan cleric as he was driving Thursday in Kabul, officials and witnesses said, prompting a protest outside a U.S. military base.

Police and witnesses said mosque preacher Mohammad Yunus, 36, was shot to death with his young son in the vehicle as he approached a main road from a side street.

NATO reported only that foreign forces had killed a civilian in an incident involving a convoy, saying the circumstances surrounding the death were being jointly investigated with Afghan officials.

The cleric was hit by four bullets and died on the way to the hospital, according to his son-in-law, Abdul Qadir, adding the family had taken the body to the province of Logar for burial. Yunus had two wives and 10 children, Abdul-Qadir said.

The shooting triggered a protest outside Camp Phoenix, one of the largest foreign military bases in Kabul.

In a statement ISAF confirmed one civilian had been killed by one of its convoys but did not give any more details about the incident or the nationality of the convoy involved, only adding that the incident was under investigation.

More than 110,000 foreign troops occupy Afghanistan for years.

Agencies

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