Civil­ians hurt by US airstrike:


The Tale­ban un­leashed a bar­rage of rock­ets at the Kabul in­ter­na­tional air­port on Wed­nes­day in a brazen at­tack that the in­sur­gents said tar­geted the plane of vis­it­ing US Sec­re­tary of De­fense Jim Mat­tis. In re­sponse, the US said it launched two mis­siles, one of which missed its in­tended tar­get and killed at least one Afghan civil­ian.

Afghan of­fi­cials said one Afghan woman was killed and 11 civil­ians were wounded in the Tale­ban at­tack. Afghan spe­cial forces man­aged to re­pel the at­tack­ers, killing four in an en­su­ing gun­bat­tle, of­fi­cials said.

Later, the US mil­i­tary is­sued a state­ment say­ing that it had re­sponded with an airstrike.

“Trag­i­cally, one of the mis­siles mal­func­tioned, caus­ing sev­eral ca­su­al­ties,” the US com­mand said.

Navy Capt Wil­liam Salvin, spokesman for the US-led mil­i­tary coali­tion, said in a tele­phone in­ter­view that the US fired two Hell­fire mis­siles. One struck its in­tended tar­get, a build­ing from which the in­sur­gents had launched their mor­tar at­tack. The other one was pro­grammed to hit the same tar­get but went astray for un­known rea­sons, Salvin said.

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