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32 killed, half of them civilians, in Helmand airstrike

32 killed, half of them civilians, in Helmand airstrike

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Nov 28, 2018 - 15:25

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Sixteen civilians and as many Talibaninfo-icon insurgents have been killed in airstrikes by foreign forces in the Garamsir district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.

The airstrikes were carried out in Zanziri Darab area of the district late Tuesday night, a government official in the Garamsir district told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said 16 civilians and as many Taliban gunmen were killed in the blitz.

Similarly, a resident of the area, Nafi, told Pajhwok that the airstrike targeted the house of Haji Akhtar Mohammad, killing 17 people, including womeninfo-icon and children.

But a brother of Akhtar Mohammad whose home was hit said 30 people, including guests, had been killed in the airstrike. “Only one child survived the airstrike and he also was critically wounded and all present at the house were killed,” he said.

Helmand Governor Mohammad Yasin acknowledged civilians had also suffered casualties in the airstrike that targeted insurgents. “The Taliban were hiding near a home when they were attacked from the air,” the governor said.

An official at the Emergency-run hospital in Lashkargah, said only one wounded child had been brought to the hospital from the scene.

Foreign forces have not yet commented about the airstrike which was confirmed by the Taliban.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said the airstrike was carried out on the house of local resident Akhtar Mohammad, in which 23 people, including women and children, were killed.

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