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Protesters say NATO attack killed Afghan civilians

KABUL (AP) - Eastern Afghanistan is the scene of an angry protest today against a coalition raid that allegedly killed civilians.

Hundreds of protesters brandished sticks, threw stones and burned an American flag as they accused NATO forces of killing civilians in an overnight raid. The alliance says eight insurgents were killed in the attack.

More than 500 people poured into the streets to protest the raid that they claim killed at least nine civilians. A government administrator says a father and his four sons and four members of another family were killed in the NATO operation.

Alliance spokesman Col. Wayne Shanks revised NATO's original version of events, saying militants had not fired rocket-propelled grenades at coalition forces, as had been first believed. He said the alleged insurgents had fired machine guns.

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