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Dozen killed in US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In this file photo, a US MQ-9 Reaper drone is firing a Hellfire missile.

Afghan authorities say at least twelve people have lost their lives in a US drone strike in the Asian country’s troubled eastern province of Nangarhar, Press TV reports.

Local officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the aerial attack took place in the Khogyani district of the province, which is located 120 kilometers (74 miles) east of the Afghan capital, Kabul, late on Saturday, and that all those killed in the assault were members of an anti-government militant group. There were reportedly foreign nationals among the slain terrorists.

On November 7, three people were killed when a US unmanned aerial vehicle pounded Ghani Khel district district in Nangarhar Province.

Five people were also killed on September 18, when a US drone struck Nazyan district in the same Afghan province. Afghan officials later identified the deceased as Daesh militants.

The development came only five days after a drone strike against Lal Pur district in Nangarhar Province, situated over 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of the capital, Kabul, left five people dead and two others injured.

In a similar incident, Afghan authorities said 15 members of Pakistan-based Tehrik-i-Taliban militant group were killed after a US drone hit Gomal district in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Paktika.

The CIA spy agency regularly uses drones for airstrikes and spying missions in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border.

Washington has been also conducting targeted killings through remotely-controlled armed drones in Somalia and Yemen.

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

The United Nations says the US drone attacks are “targeted killings” that flout international law.

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