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Paktia protestors say drone killed 7 civilians

Paktia protestors say drone killed 7 civilians

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Nov 12, 2018 - 20:55

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Residents of the Zazai Aryub district in southeastern Paktia province on Monday protested against what they claimed the killing of seven civilians in an American drone strike.

The protesting residents said the seven innocent civilians were killed in Alikhel area on Saturday.

Haji Abdullah, one of the protesters, said foreign forces often targeted civilians in drone attacks and demanded an end to the practice.

“Why innocent civilians are killed when the enemy is very clear. The killing of civilians causes anger among common people,” he said.

Nasir, a resident of Alikhel area, said one child, three womeninfo-icon and as many men were killed in the drone strike. He rejected officials’ claims that the drone killed suspected armed men.

Naveed, a resident of the locality and a civil societyinfo-icon activist, termed such attacks deliberate and said foreign forces often targeted civilians whenever some development occurred in peace talks between the government and the Talibaninfo-icon.

He said such attacks were carried out to sabotage the peace talks and spread anger among common people.

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