Afghan civilians slain in US strike on Daesh militants


CIVILIANS were among at least 18 people killed in a US air strike against Daesh (Islamic State) militants in eastern Afghanistan on September 28, officials said, with conflicting claims about the number of civilian deaths. The attack happened in Achin district, a hotbed of Daesh insurgents in Nangarhar province near the border with Pakistan, as local residents gathered to welcome a tribal elder who had recently returned from the hajj pilgrimage. “Three civilians lost their lives in this strike,” Achin police chief Mohammad Ali told reporters, adding that 15 militants were also killed. But Esmatullah Shinwari, a Nangarhar MP, said…

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