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Troops shot and killed two civilians in southern Afghanistan after mistaking
Troops shot and killed two civilians in southern Afghanistan after mistaking them for terrorists, an ISAF spokesman said on Wednesday.

The latest deaths come as the UN released a report on Tuesday stating that civilian casualties in the war-torn region had risen by 39% in 2008 to 2,118 deaths compared with 1,523 in 2007.

The spokesman said that the incident occurred in the troublesome Kandahar Province when "A vehicle being driven at high speed approached a military convoy. The driver didn't react to the warning signal to stop. The soldiers were forced to open fire on the vehicle," both of the injured received emergency medical treatment but later died, he added.

The majority of the civilian deaths (85%), the UN report claimed, were caused by Taliban attacks mainly suicide and roadside bombings which are aimed at killing as many civilians as possible.

However, the report also said that the U.S.-led coalition was responsible for the deaths of 828 people last year. Most of the civilians died in ISAF airstrikes and special operations carried out in villages.

In a move seen as trying to prevent a resurgence by the Taliban, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the deployment of a further 17,000 American troops to Afghanistan on Tuesday "to stabilize a deteriorating situation."

The troops comprising some 8,000 marines, 4,000 soldiers and 5,000 support staff are expected to be deployed in the south Afghanistan, which has seen the biggest rise in violence, and will increase the U.S. contingent to 38,000 personnel.


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