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USA denies air strike killed civilians in Afghanistan

USA denies air strike killed civilians in Afghanistan

The U.S. military on Friday disputed claims that an overnight counterterrorism airstrike in eastern Afghanistan had caused civilian casualties.

"United States Forces-Afghanistan takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously; reviewing each case fully".

"On Thursday afternoon, the USA forces bombarded a civilian private vehicle. when they were travelling inside the district", Saaz Wali Shinwari, the district governor of Haska Mina in Nangarhar province, told AFP.

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 district chief, Saaz Wali, told VOA eight of the victims belonged to the same family and were in a vehicle when a US airstrike hit them.

"There was zero chance of civilian casualties", the statement adds.

A statement from U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, though, said the airstrike killed only militants.

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"In the strike, five insurgents were killed and two others were wounded", he told AFP. "But, we have appointed a delegation to investigate if civilians are killed".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said they were unable to provide any information when ed by AFP.

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, confirmed that casualties had occurred in the area but said that officials would release details later.

"I can confirm an airstrike in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province and it led to civilian casualties".

Every so oftenĜŒ USA air raids kill both Afghan soldiers and civilians across the country.

In June, at least three Afghan border police officers were killed in United States airstrikes in Helmand province.

Claims of civilian deaths from airstrikes have occurred this year in Kunduz in the north and in Helmand province in the south, often as a result of fighting in areas where it can be hard to distinguish insurgents from civilians.


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