Afghans protesters block highway over killings of civilians

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Add Afghanistan as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Afghanistan news, video, and analysis from ABC News.AfghanistanAdd Interest<pAn Afghan official says hundreds of villagers have blocked a major highway in eastern Nangarhar province to denounce the killings of civilians during an ongoing military operation against militants there.

<pWednesday's rally is taking place on the road linking the provincial capital, Jalalabad, and the Torkham border crossing with neighboring Pakistan.

<pThe Nangarhar governor's spokesman, Attahullah Khogyani, says an investigation is underway to find out exactly how many civilians have been killed in the Rodat district.

<pThe Rodat clashes are the second this week that have claimed civilian lives.

<pVillagers in Surkh Rod brought five bodies of their people to the district governor's office, claiming thy were killed during a nighttime raid by Afghan forces.

<pBoth the Taliban and Islamic State militants are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially in Nangarhar.