USA forces in Afghanistan on Friday denied allegations by Afghan officials that a US airstrike killed 16 civilians in eastern Afghanistan. The airstrike targeted vehicles the victims were traveling in, he added.
At least 13 civilians, including 10 children, have been killed by a mortar shell in the Dawlatabad district of northwestern Faryab province, officials said on Saturday.
The massacre of about 50 men, women and children this week took place in the Sayad district.
Several civilians have been killed in an USA airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said on Friday, the latest setback in efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country.
Despite the presence of thousands of foreign boots on the ground، Afghanistan has been rocked by an increase in terrorist attacks، some of them carried out by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group mainly active in Nangarhar province. The U.S. officials insisted that the victims were militants under surveillance.
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"In the strike, five insurgents were killed and two others were wounded".
They have been regularly targeting IS fighters who control several districts in restive Nangarhar. "We do not have any news about civilian casualties".
According to TOLO News، the air raid hit a civilian vehicle in Haska Mina district late on Thursday. "But, we have appointed a delegation to investigate if civilians are killed", he told AFP.
In June, at least three Afghan border police officers were killed in USA airstrikes in Helmand province. Back in February، American airstrikes also killed 22 civilians in the same province.