US Military Denies Air Strike In Nangarhar Killed Afghan Civilians

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"I can confirm an airstrike in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province and it led to civilian casualties".

A statement from U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, though, said the airstrike killed only militants.

USA forces in Afghanistan on Friday denied allegations by Afghan officials that a US airstrike killed 16 civilians in eastern Afghanistan.

"The militants were observed loading weapons into a vehicle and were under surveillance until the vehicle was destroyed by an airstrike", said spokesman Bob Purtiman.

At least 16 civilians, including 10 children, were killed by a mortar shell in northwestern Faryab province of Afghanistan, Pajhwok news agency said, quoting the Dawlatabad district police chief Col. Niamatullah Tofan.

"This is the second false claim of civilian casualties in the same district within the last three weeks", Purtiman noted.

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Despite the presence of thousands of foreign boots on the ground، Afghanistan has been rocked by an increase in terrorist attacks، some of them carried out by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group mainly active in Nangarhar province.

He said "The strike was conducted in the middle of open terrain". "On Thursday afternoon, the American forces bombarded a civilian private vehicle... when they were travelling inside the district", he told AFP.

Last month a United States airstrike killed 16 policemen in Helmand province.

Afghanistan is still suffering from insecurity and violence years after the United States and its allies invaded the country as part of Washington's so-called war on terror.

US President Donald Trump has been skeptical about the military campaign in Afghanistan.

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