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12 killed in US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan

This file shows a US MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle firing a Hellfire missile.

At least a dozen people have lost their lives in a strike carried out by a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar.

Provincial police spokesman, Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal, said on Sunday that the drone hit the Gorgori area in Haska Mina district of the province, situated over 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of the capital, Kabul, the previous day.

He added that the assault targeted militants, and four of those killed in the airstrike were foreign nationals.

Neither Taliban militants nor the ISIL terror group has made any comments on the incident.

On August 5, an aerial assault against an area on the outskirts of Pul-i-Alam, which is the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern province of Logar and located 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Kabul, killed at least 12 people and injured eight others.

In a similar incident a day earlier, local authorities said at least 75 people were killed when US drones pounded various districts of Nangarhar Province, which lies on the border with Pakistan.

An airstrike in the Baraki Barak district of Logar Province also killed five people on August 1.

The United States has been conducting targeted killings through remotely-controlled armed drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

Washington says the airstrikes target al-Qaeda militants and other extremists, but according to local officials and witnesses, civilians have in most cases been the victims of the attacks.

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