Air strike kills eight civilians in eastern Afghanistan

At least eight civilians were killed in an air strike that destroyed two homes in eastern Afghanistan’s Logar province. Two children are among those killed and two women are among the wounded.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the strike. US and NATO forces in Afghanistan declined to comment.

According to the official, the US forces hit a suspected Taliban target in the Baraki Barak district last night. Without confirming the death toll, he said investigations have begun into alleged civilian casualties following this raid in residential areas.

Mohammad Naser Ghairat, a provincial councilman in Logar, also, blamed NATO international forces in Afghanistan, saying they carried out the air strike. The alliance did not immediately comment on the reports.

Afghan officials blamed the Taliban for the bloodshed, though the insurgents denied any involvement.

The conflict in Afghanistan has in recent weeks intensified with both Afghan forces and the Taliban claiming to have inflicted heavy casualties on the other’s forces.


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