13 civil­ians killed in U.S. airstrikes

The Buffalo News - - WORLD NEWS -

JALALABAD, Afghanistan – At least 13 civil­ians, in­clud­ing sev­eral chil­dren, were killed in Amer­i­can airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan that were car­ried out in sup­port of an Afghan-led op­er­a­tion against the Tal­iban, lo­cal of­fi­cials and tribal el­ders said Sun­day.

Mem­bers of a CIAspon­sored Afghan strike force called in air sup­port after com­ing un­der fire Sat­ur­day as they mounted an as­sault on Tal­iban fight­ers in the dis­trict of He­sarak in Nan­garhar prov­ince, the of­fi­cials said.

The airstrikes hit two houses in the vil­lage of Naser Khil, said a tribal elder, Ruzi Khan Maruf. In one house, the vil­lage’s lone doc­tor, his wife and their five teenage daugh­ters were killed, Maruf said. In the other, the doc­tor’s brother, his wife and their four chil­dren – three teenage girls and a boy – re­port­edly died. The brother was an Afghan sol­dier, Maruf said.

Shah Mah­mood Mi­akhel, the gov­er­nor of Nan­garhar prov­ince, said an im­por­tant Tal­iban com­man­der had also been killed in the airstrikes.

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