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Australia to Investigate Killing of Afghan Civilians


Australia says it will investigate a botched military operation in Afghanistan in 2002 that killed 11 civilians.

The Australian/New Zealand edition of Time magazine says the incident was sparked when Australian soldiers on a U.S.-led patrol shot and killed two villagers they mistakenly believed were Afghan militants. Other tribesmen began shooting, and a rival tribe which thought it was being attacked also opened fire.

The patrol called for support, and U.S. warplanes were sent to bomb the area.

Sixteen other civilians were also wounded in the fighting.

The magazine says one of the Australian soldiers removed a turban and a gun from one of the civilians killed in the firefight.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.