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World

AFP
July 22, 2019

Air strike kills eight Afghan civilians: official

World

AFP
Mon, Jul 22, 2019

Logar, Afghanistan: At least eight civilians -- including children -- were killed in an air strike that destroyed two homes in eastern Afghanistan, an official said Monday.

The deaths come amid a flare-up in violence across war-torn Afghanistan, where civilians are dying each day even as the US and the Taliban have claimed progress in an ongoing series of peace talks.

Six people were wounded in Sunday night´s strike in the Baraki Barak district of Logar, some 70 kilometres (45 miles) southeast of Kabul, according to district governor Ahmad Wais Abdul Rahimzai.

"The air strike has hit two residential houses in the district," he told AFP, noting that the homes were occupied by Kuchi, an ordinarily nomadic people who sometimes settle in permanent structures.

"Two children are among those killed, and two women are among the wounded," he said.

Didar Lawang, a spokesman for the provincial governor, confirmed that the air strike had resulted in civilian casualties, but did not provide details.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the strike. US forces in Afghanistan declined to comment, but the Afghan defence ministry said it would issue a statement later.