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.
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