21 civilians killed in two Afghan strikes
Both happened in the Sangin district
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.