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US airstrike ‘kills 30 civilians, 16 Taliban’ in Afghanistan’s Helmand province | The New Arab
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US airstrike ‘kills 30 civilians, 16 Taliban’ in Afghanistan’s Helmand province | The New Arab

Afghan officials on Wednesday said at least 30 civilians were killed along with 16 Taliban fighters during an overnight battle between Afghan government forces and insurgents in southern Helmand province.

A local official, Attahullah Afghan, said most of the civilian casualties – which included men, women and children – came when an airstrike struck a house in the central Helmand River valley, a Taliban heartland. US officials said it happened in Helmand’s Garmsir district.

Abdul Wadod Popul, a lawmaker from Helmand, also confirmed the civilian casualties. “The area is under Taliban’s control and is very difficult to get a precise number of casualties,” he said in Kabul.

Source: US airstrike ‘kills 30 civilians, 16 Taliban’ in Afghanistan’s Helmand province | The New Arab