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The Killid Group, February 13, 2017

Officials Confirmed 22 Killed in US Air Strikes in Helmand

Qahraman added that 13 of the victims were members of a family and nine victims were members of another family

Haji Ahmand, who lives in Sangin, was in Kandahar when a bomb hit his brother’s house at about 2am. Waiting to visit his wounded relatives outside a hospital in Lashkar Gah, Helmand’s capital, he said two boys and two women from his family were killed. The bodies were dug out from under the rubble by Afghan national army soldiers and brought to the hospital, Ahmand said.
The Guardian, Feb. 12, 2017

Afghan officials confirmed killing of 22 members of two families in foreign forces' airstrikes in Sangen district of Helmand. US and Afghan forces targeted the area last Friday and asserted that armed anti-government militants fired bullets on them from the area. Later, tribal elders reported of civilian casualties in the airstrikes, a claim which was rejected by local officials. Meanwhile Abdul Jabar Qahraman, operative commander of all security forces in Helmand, confirmed killing of 22 civilians in the airstrikes conducted by foreign troops. Qahraman added that 13 of the victims were members of a family and nine victims were members of another family. UNAMA also said that the airstrikes killed at least 18 civilians, nearly all women and children.


NATO airstrike kills 30 and wounds 25 in Afghan province on Nov. 3, 2016
Nov. 3, 2016: 30 civilians were killed and 25 wounded in a NATO airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Most of the casualties were women and children as young as three months old. Kunduz civilians told Al Jazeera the death toll was even higher than the figure given by officials. (Photo: Hambastagi.org)

NATO airstrike kills 30 and wounds 25 in Afghan province on Nov. 3, 2016
Nov. 3, 2016: 30 civilians were killed and 25 wounded in a NATO airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Most of the casualties were women and children as young as three months old. Kunduz civilians told Al Jazeera the death toll was even higher than the figure given by officials. (Photo: Hambastagi.org)

NATO has not confirmed any civilian casualties, many of them children, resulting from its latest air strike
April 7, 2013: A NATO airstrike killed 10 children and 8 other people in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. (Photo: Reuters)

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