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Civilian deaths in Kunduz strike trigger protest

Civilian deaths in Kunduz strike trigger protest

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Jan 31, 2020 - 16:54

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Five people, including a Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) commander, have been killed in an airstrike by foreign forces in northern Kunduz province, residents and relatives said on Friday.

The victims belonged to the Mamakhel area of Chahar Dara district. The overnight air raid occurred in Dasht-i-Archi district. As a mark of protest, relatives brought the bodies to Kunduz City.

A tribal elder from the area, Nek Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News Haji Ghulam Rabbani and Ghulam Gilani had come from Chahar Dara to participate in a relative’s funeral in Dasht-i-Archi.

On their way back home, the elder said, they were killed in a drone strike in a government-controlled area. He insisted the victims were pro-government people.

Nek Mohammad added the dead included two tribal elders, as many womeninfo-icon and a boy. The men had no links with any militant outfit, he explained.

HIA leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar’s son Habibur Rahman Hekmatyar wrote on his Facebook page the men killed in the air raid were his maternal uncles.

The men were killed along with their spouses and children, the HIA leader’s son alleged. 

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the US Forces-Afghanistan said: “We are aware of the reports of civilian casualties reported to have occurred on Jan. 30. We are looking into these reports and will provide more information when it becomes available.”

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