April 5th, 2010
05:13 PM ET

New inquiry ordered in killing of Afghan civilians during raid

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has ordered a second investigation into the deaths of three Afghan women and two men during a botched nighttime raid in February, after Afghan investigators said they found evidence of possible tampering with evidence at the compound where the Afghans were killed.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who oversees all U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, ordered the review after receiving a briefing from Afghan officials in late March, according to Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, a NATO military spokesman.

The Afghan officials from the Ministry of Interior told McChrystal they visited the compound some time after the incident and found evidence of bloodstained walls being washed down and bullets being dug out of walls, according to two U.S. military officials. McChrystal wants a thorough review now to see why U.S. and Afghan accounts differ so greatly, according to one of the sources, a senior US official familiar with the briefing.

- CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

Read the full story at CNN's Afghanistan Crossroads blog

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  1. truthywood

    They always temper with evidence , I don't think even that even one percent of atrocitiies ever gets investigated.

    April 8, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Just sad

    In our area of operations its mostly the Taliban staging attrocities in our area. It's shameful how they target civilians. What an aweful people that care so little about human life. None of that gets reported in the news.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |