Wednesday Jun 12, 201310:33 AM GMT
10 killed in US-led airstrike in eastern Afghanistan
File photo shows Taliban militants in Afghanistan.
File photo shows Taliban militants in Afghanistan.
Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:32AM
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Local Afghan officials say at least 10 people have been killed in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika Province in a US airstrike targeting Taliban militants, Press TV reports.


Local Afghan authorities say 10 Taliban militants planting bombs in the area were targeted in the attack carried out by US forces on Wednesday.

Further details regarding the exact location of the attack have not yet been released.

Taliban militants have not yet commented on the incident.

On June 6, eight Taliban militants were killed and several others injured in central Afghanistan’s Wardak Province.

US-led foreign forces have killed thousands of people, including many civilians, in airstrikes and night raids since they invaded the country in 2001.

Washington claims it targets Taliban militants, but civilians are often the victims of such attacks.

United Nations Special Representative and head of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Jan Kubis said on Tuesday that there has been a 24 percent rise in civilian casualties in the country in the first six months of the year. He added that civilian deaths and injuries caused by US-led night raids had increased by 12 percent.

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