KABUL – Afghan intelligence chief Masoum Stanekzai resigned on Thursday after four brothers died in a raid in eastern Nangarhar province as part of an overnight operation.
The operation took place Wednesday night in Jalalabad, in eastern Nangarhar province.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement its forces had killed four people suspected of links to the Islamic State terror organization and detained eight others.
Relatives of the victims brought their bodies to the provincial governor’s office and said they had been civilians, which sparked criticism on social media.
In Kabul, President Ashraf Ghani held an “emergency meeting” with security chiefs.
“As a responsible state we have zero tolerance for civilian casualties. I have regretfully accepted the resignation of NDS chief, Mr. Stanekzai,” Ghani said in a statement.
The president ordered the country’s Attorney General to investigate the incident “immediately, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
Spokesperson for the Nangarhar governor, Attaullah Khogyanai, said the eight people detained by the NDS have since been released.
NDS forces have been criticized in the past for operations that have led to civilian deaths.