On Wednesday between 200 and 400 villagers came out to protest the previous day's killings and NATO fired on the demonstrators again, wounding another 5, after one civilian struck at NATO forces with a stick.
"A number of civilians in the crowd disregarded instructions, resulting in forces firing warning shots. Deliberative escalation of force procedures were followed, but one individual continued to ignore instructions, striking members of the combined force with a stick," the statement said.
Lieutenant-Colonel Todd Breasseale said both Afghan troops and the U.S. Marines subsequently fired on the crowd.
"People started behaving dangerously and unfortunately things like this happen."