US-led airstrike kills 16 in Afghanistan

Afghan villagers gather near a house destroyed in a US-led airstrike in Logar province. (file photo)

At least sixteen people have been killed when US-led foreign forces carried out an airstrike in Afghanistanâ„¢s eastern province of Paktia, Press TV reports.

Local officials said on Sunday that the attack took place in the Wuza Zadran district of the province on Saturday evening.

The authorities identified the victims as Taliban militants, noting that eight Pakistani gunmen were among the fatalities.

This is while local residents said the airborne attack targeted civilians who were collecting wild fruit in a nearby mountain.

The US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has not yet confirmed any casualties.

On August 30, at least 32 people were killed when foreign forces carried out two separate airstrikes in Afghanistanâ„¢s southern province of Helmand.

It came two days after four people were killed in a US-led strike in the Narkh district of the central province of Wardak.

On August 26, seven people were killed when US-led foreign forces launched an overnight airstrike in the Watapur district of the northeastern province of Kunar.

Civilian casualties have long been a source of friction between the Afghan government and US-led forces, and have dramatically increased anti-US sentiments in the war-torn country.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror.

The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.

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Republished from: Press TV