US Airstrikes Kill 16 Civilians in Afghanistan

Friends and family pray during a funeral procession for victims of a U.S. airstrike in the Nangarhar Province Afghanistan

Friends and family pray during a funeral procession for victims of a U.S. airstrike in the Nangarhar Province Afghanistan

An air raid conducted by foreign forces in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of at least 16 civilians in the eastern province of Nangarhar، which borders Pakistan، according to the PressTV.

Hajji Saz Wali, the governor of Haska Meena district, said that among the dead were eight people from one family and four from another family.

This is the second strike in the last few weeks in the district which killed civilians.

"The militants were observed loading weapons in to a vehicle and were under surveillance until the vehicle was destroyed by an air strike", said Bob Purtiman, a spokesman for American operations in Afghanistan.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor, previously said that an unknown number of casualties had occurred in the area, but later confirmed that at least 16 civilians were killed.

He said "The strike was conducted in the middle of open terrain".

He reiterated that USA forces take all allegations of civilian casualties seriously and review each case fully, as well as take precautions in a way to minimize harm to Afghan civilians.

They have been regularly targeting the militant Islamic State group fighters who control several districts in restive Nangarhar.

Faryab province, with Maimana as its capital, has been the scene of Taliban-led insurgency over the past decade.

The statement further added that the former President condemns the airstrike in strongest words and calls on foreign to end the killings of the civilians in the name of fight against terrorism.

The massacre of about 50 men, women and children this week took place in the Sayad district.

The Pentagon is disputing reports that numerous civilians were killed in an eastern Afghanistan airstrike on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants.

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