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.