At least 10 civil­ians killed in U.S. strikes

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KABUL, Afghanistan – At least 10 civil­ians were killed and sev­eral oth­ers were wounded over the week­end dur­ing U.S. airstrikes in south­ern Afghanistan, lo­cal of­fi­cials and res­i­dents in Hel­mand province said Sun­day.

Two res­i­dents of the San­gin dis­trict of Hel­mand said eight mem­bers of a sin­gle fam­ily were killed by airstrikes in one house and two more in a nearby struc­ture, among them women and chil­dren. Mo­ham­mad Hasim Alokozai, a mem­ber of par­lia­ment from Hel­mand, put the death toll higher, say­ing in an in­ter­view that 14 civil­ians were killed and six wounded in the two houses.

A lo­cal res­i­dent, As­lam Khan, said the home of his brother, Assti Khan, in the San­gin dis­trict, was fired upon by a he­li­copter when he switched on a flash­light to find his shoes. The shots killed Assti Khan’s 10-year-old son and 3-year-old daugh­ter and wounded his wife and 18-yearold daugh­ter, his brother said in a tele­phone in­ter­view.

A U.S. mil­i­tary spokes­woman in Kabul said mil­i­tary of­fi­cials were look­ing into the episode.

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