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Civilian casualties by foreign airstrike: Nangarhar residents

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The local people in the Haska Mina district of eastern Nangarhar province claimed Monday that airstrikes carried out by foreign forces on Sunday killed eight civilians and ten others sustained injuries.

“People had gathered in Meyaje Baba area for a prayer ceremony when foreign forces bombed them and killed lots of people and now we brought a number of wounded people to the hospital,” said Neyaz a resident of Haska Mina.

Relatives of the injured civilians at Jalalabad city hospital said innocent civilians remains the main victims of airstrikes.

“According to my information, eight people including a woman were killed and 10 others were wounded. Such airstrikes should be stopped and the safety of civilians must be considered seriously,” said Esmatullah Shinwari, a member of parliament.

However, Nangarhar police said civilian casualties would be found out after a proper and institutional investigation, adding a delegation of police department have already sent to probe into the matter.

“Daesh was using civilian houses and foreign forces tried a lot to not harm civilians; a number of Daesh commanders were killed in the strike; in total 25 Daesh militants were killed and according to information a number of civilians were also killed and wounded; a delegation has been sent to the area to investigate the incident,” said provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal.

Moreover, Nangarhar police claimed killing of at least 25 Daesh militants as a result of airstrikes carried out by foreign troops in two villages of Haska Mena district.

Daesh militants are active in almost six districts of Nangarhar province where the terrorist groups have been plotting insurgency and conducting terrorist attacks against and government personnel and civilians as well. On the other hand Afghan and foreign forces have launched ground and air operations in a bid to eliminate all terrorist groups in the said province.

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