Rage over deaths

Hundreds of angry protesters chanting "Death to Bush" and "Death to Karzai" demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan after US-led coalition and Afghan forces raided a suspected car bomb cell yesterday, leaving four militants and five civilians dead.

Hundreds of angry protesters chanting "Death to Bush" and "Death to Karzai" demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan after US-led coalition and Afghan forces raided a suspected car bomb cell yesterday, leaving four militants and five civilians dead.

The incident occurred in the same area of eastern Nangarhar province where a US Marines convoy, fleeing after being hit by a suicide car bomb on March 4, opened fire indiscriminately on vehicles and pedestrians, killing 12 people.

Acting on a tip indicating that the cell was planning three suicide car bomb attacks against coalition forces in the coming weeks, coalition and Afghan forces jointly raided a compound in the Bati Kot area.

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