21 civil­ians killed in two Afghan strikes

Both hap­pened in the San­gin dis­trict

The Hindu - - WORLD -

Airstrikes in Afghanistan’s south­ern Hel­mand Province have killed 21 civil­ians, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren, a law­maker from the re­gion said on Sun­day.

Mo­ham­mad Hashim Alkozai said 13 civil­ians were killed in one strike and eight in an­other. Both were car­ried out late on Fri­day in the San­gin dis­trict. Mr. Alkozai said at least five other peo­ple were wounded in the air strikes. “In­no­cent peo­ple, women and chil­dren, are the only vic­tims of the air strikes,” he said.

Fir­ing on forces

Omer Zwak, the Pro­vin­cial Gover­nor’s spokesman, said that in­sur­gents fired on Afghan forces from a civil­ian area. He con­firmed that air strikes had killed civil­ians but could not pro­vide fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

In a sep­a­rate de­vel­op­ment, the Afghan in­tel­li­gence ser­vice said it had ar­rested three mem­bers of the Haqqani group, in con­nec­tion with two bomb­ings in Kabul that killed and wounded dozens of peo­ple.

The Na­tional Direc­torate of Se­cu­rity said the three sus­pects con­fessed to tak­ing part in a truck bomb­ing near the Ger­man Em­bassy in May 2017 that killed at least 90 peo­ple, and a Novem­ber 2018 at­tack that killed five se­cu­rity con­trac­tors, in­clud­ing a Bri­tish na­tional.


An Afghan Na­tional Army sol­dier in San­gin in Au­gust 2013.

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