US-led airstrike kills 30 in Afghanistan

US fighter jets conduct an airstrike in an area of Afghanistan. (File photo)

At least 30 people have been killed after US-led forces launched an airstrike in Afghanistanâ„¢s southeastern province of Paktika, Press TV reports.

Local officials said the incident took place at a border checkpoint in the province on Saturday, adding that the strike occurred as Taliban militants were attacking the checkpoint.

A Taliban spokesperson, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the deaths of four militants in the air raid.

On June 8, an Afghan civilian was shot and killed by US forces in Afghanistanâ„¢s northern province of Balkh. Several people were also injured in the incident.

On May 4, US-led forces fatally shot an Afghan teenage girl in the western province of Herat.

On April 28, US-led troops killed at least four Afghan civilians in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar.

The incident took place in the Chaparhar District of the province after US-led soldiers opened fire on people working on a farmland, said Director of Provincial Development Council Malak Mohkam Khan.

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.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV