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    ISAF drone attack kills 3 boys in Logar

    PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): Three civilians were killed during an ISAF drone strike in the Baraki Barak district of central Logar province on Monday, residents and the provincial council head said.

    The airstrike was conducted at around 1.00pm in the Shati Qala area of the district, killing three boys, provincial council chief, Ghulam Yahiya Ahmadzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    He said the boys, all aged below 16 years, were working on their farm, and village elders later took their bodies to the governor’s office as a mark of protest.

    Resident Haji Habibur Rahman said the boys, working on their carrot farm, had no links to the insurgents.

    Baraki Barak district chief, Mohammad Rahim Amin, said the base of American troops came under rocket attack from the area where the airstrike was conducted. He said an investigation was underway to determine whether or not the youngsters had a role in the attack.

    Meanwhile, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) media office in Kabul said it was unaware of the incident. It would look into the issue, a brief statement from the NATO-led said.

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