Air strike, suicide bomber kill 50 civilians in Afghanistan

Sun Online Desk

19th September, 2019 03:23:31 printer

Air strike, suicide bomber kill 50 civilians in Afghanistan


At least 50 civilians were killed and 130 injured in two different incidents in eastern and southern Afghanistan on Thursday.

Afghan officials say at least 30 civilians were killed and 40 injured in an airstrike conducted by the Afghan security forces, backed by US air support, in eastern Afghanistan.

The attack, on Wednesday night was aimed at destroying a hideout used by Daesh militants, but it accidentally targeted farmers near a field, three government officials told lthe medoa.

Sohrab Qaderi, a provincial council member in eastern Nangarhar province said a drone strike killed 30 workers in a pine nut field and at least 40 others were injured.

The defence ministry in Kabul confirmed the strike, but refused to share casualty details immediately.

US forces were not immediately available for a comment, reports Gulf News.

Meanwhile, a powerful early morning suicide truck bomb devastated a hospital in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing as many as 20 people and wounding more than 90 others, an official said.

The Taliban, who claimed responsibility for the boming, have carried out nearly daily attacks since peace talks with the United States collapsed earlier this month.

Thursday's massive explosion destroyed part of the hospital in Qalat, the capital of southern Zabul province, and left a fleet of ambulances broken and battered.