Thursday, 21 September, 2017

U.S. airstrike kills several civilians in Afghanistan

An Afghan policeman keeps watch while men gather at the site of a suicide car bomb attack in Surkhrod district of Nangarhar province Afghanistan REUTERS Parwiz
Melinda Barton | 12 August, 2017, 14:27

U.S. Forces-Afghanistan on Friday said a U.S. airstrike "killed a number of militants and destroyed their vehicle in the Haska Mena district of eastern Nangarhar Province on the evening of August 10", according to a statement.

Meantime, Governor of Dawlatabad district Abdul Salam Nazhat has confirmed the gruesome event but said nine civilians including women and children had lost their lives and five more sustained injuries.

The Pentagon is disputing reports that numerous civilians were killed in an eastern Afghanistan airstrike on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants. "It was a clear area, and they should understand that people in the vehicle are civilians, as the auto was a civilian auto". Women and children were among the victims.

This comes as reports emerged earlier suggested that several civilians were killed or wounded during an airstrike conducted by the United States forces in Haska Mina where militants loyal to ISIS terrorist group and Taliban are actively operating.

"The victims were beyond recognition, and they were placed inside the sacks and were buried late last night", Wali added.

A spokesman for the US military in Kabul said officials were aware of the reports but would not comment immediately. "But, we have appointed a delegation to investigate if civilians are killed".

Casualties among Afghan civilians, especially women and children, have risen to a record this year, according to a recent United Nations report.

Last August، a U.S. drone attack killed 22 Afghan soldiers in Helmand، and in September that year airstrikes conducted by American warplanes claimed the lives of at least eight Afghan troops in the central province of Uruzgan. Back in February، American airstrikes also killed 22 civilians in the same province.

Meanwhile, the U.N Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said it had completed its probe into the killings of dozens of civilians in the northern province of Sar-e-Pul and promised to issue its findings soon.