60 Afghan civilians killed in US air strikes
Of India" -- -- KABUL: At least 60 civilians were
killed in air strikes conducted by the US-led coalition forces in
southern Afghanistan, said an official on Tuesday.
"The aircraft pounded three villages namely Deh Jauze, Sarosah and
Kakrak, 12 km away from Trinkot, the provincial capital of Uruzgan,
early on Monday. The strikes lasted from 1:00 am to 4:00 am," said
Abdul Khaliq, a provincial official.
Around 30 people were injured in the air strikes, he added.
Meanwhile, the US military rejected these claims as baseless.
"No, there was no civilian injured, and we have no report to support
the claim," said Tamara Lawrence, spokesperson of the coalition.
The US military in a press release issued Monday said that the
coalition attacks had left more than 40 extremists dead in villages
10 km away from Trinkot.
More than 1,000 people, mostly Taliban-linked militants, have been
killed in the ongoing insurgency since the beginning of this year.
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