Botched Australian Taliban raid `killed five children’

Jared Owens; 8/3/10

An Afghan family has told how Australian forces botched a pre-dawn raid on their home, allegedly killing five children and another civilian. The Australians had been searching for Taliban leader Mullah Noorullah when they mistakenly raided the family’s compound in Oruzgan province last February, the family told SBS’s Dateline in a program aired last night. “They held the machine guns at me so I couldn’t move. Then they came and tied my arms up like this,” a father, Zahir Kahn, said. He said the troops had taken him outside and blindfolded him while they moved into the home, allegedly opening fire on the residents. The Australian Defence Force confirmed Mr Kahn had been detained by Australian troops that night.