Afghan cleaner shot dead by NATO soldier, brother says

An Afghan cleaner was killed inside the headquarters of NATO-led forces in Kabul, his family and Western officials said on Tuesday.

Afghan cleaner shot dead by NATO soldier, brother says

 An Afghan cleaner was killed inside the headquarters of NATO-led forces in Kabul, his family and Western officials said on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old man's brother said he believed he had been shot on Sunday, by a member of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. ISAF confirmed the shooting but said it could say who had opened fire or why.

"He passed away from the wounds caused by the weapon discharge," said ISAF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Cummings. He added that an investigation was under way.

ISAF was unable at present to say if an ISAF service member had fired the weapon, or why the incident had taken place.

Hasibullah Kakar, 21, had been working as a cleaner at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul for more than two years when he was fatally shot on Sunday, his 30-year-old brother Ahmad said.

"He was shot by someone, but I don't know if it was accidental or if they did it on purpose," an emotional Ahmad Kakar told Reuters. Kabul city police said they had also launched an investigation into the shooting.

Ahmad Kakar said he was sure an ISAF service member had shot his brother because they were normally the only people who carry guns inside the headquarters. He said he was told by ISAF personnel that his brother had been "accidentally shot."

The weapon was fired on Sunday, ISAF said.

Kakar said he was told that evening by a doctor that his brother had not survived an operation to try to save him.

"It is not clear what the exact reason for his death was. Until it is fully clear, we cannot say anything," Abdul Zahir, head of criminal investigations at Kabul police, told Reuters.

"Three civilians killed by French troops"

Also on Tuesday, the commander of foreign troops, U.S. General John Allen, apologized to the family of three Afghan civilians killed by French troops in eastern Kapisa province on July 26.

A statement from ISAF said Allen met family members at ISAF headquarters in Kabul. The three civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed and four wounded when the troops fired on a car which did not stop when it approached them.


Reuters

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