KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A NATO raid on an Afghan contractor in Kabul is raising tensions between locals and the U.S.-led coalition.
The international Special Forces team that raided the office Friday thought it was stopping a plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy, McClatchy Newspapers reported. The ISAF suspected two vehicles parked outside were packed with explosives.
The pre-dawn raid left two Tiger International security guards dead but found no explosives, no plot and no evidence the occupants -- an Afghan armored car firm that has worked with the U.S. military for years -- were planning to attack Americans.
The Afghan Interior Ministry accused NATO of breaking an agreement that requires Afghan forces to lead such operations in the capital and fired a colonel and suspended a general for assisting.
"I asked them 'What do we tell the families?'" Nawid Shah Sakhizada, vice president of Tiger International, told McClatchy Newspapers. "You killed two human beings. We have to answer to the families."
Since mid-September, Special Forces with the U.S.-led coalition have conducted at least 1,780 night raids and killed or captured 880 insurgent leaders and more than 2,300 fighters, NATO says. Few of the operations have taken place in Kabul.