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16 civilians dead in Nangarhar airstrikes

16 civilians dead in Nangarhar airstrikes

Aug 11, 2017 - 15:49

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Sixteen civilians were killed in two airstrikes by foreign forces in the Haska Mena district of eastern Nangarhar province during a joint operation with Afghan forces a day earlier, the district administrative head said on Friday.

Saz Wali Shinwari told Pajhwok Afghan News the joint Afghan and foreign forces operation was carried out in Paeen area on Thursday. During the operation, he said, the foreign forces hit a Suzuki vehicle, killing eight members of a family, including women and children.

He said the foreign forces also hit people who were on foot in the same area, killing another eight people, including four from the same family.  He said the dead were not recognizable and were buried in bags.

A resident of the area, Samim, said 16 people, including women and children, were killed in the airstrikes by foreign forces.

The foreign forces have so far said nothing about the latest civilian casualties in the conflict.