US-led airstrike kills 4 in Afghanistan

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

US-led forces in Afghanistan have launched a deadly airstrike in the southern province of Kandahar, leaving at least four people dead and injuring several others.

Afghan security officials said on Thursday the airstrikes happened in Mianisheen district of Kandahar on Tuesday.

Local residents said several civilians, including women and children, were also injured in the attacks.

US-led foreign forces have not yet commented on the incident.

Washington claims that the airstrikes target militants, but reports on the ground show that civilians have been the main victims.

The deadly US airstrikes targeting civilians in Afghanistan have been a bone of contention between Kabul and Washington.

The Afghan government has on numerous occasions warned Washington to stop attacks on innocent civilians.

The casualties inflicted by US-led troops have sparked massive anti-US protests in the past. This comes while the United Nations and some human rights organizations have already identified the US as the world’s number one user of targeted killings.

In another incident militants attacked a compound of US-led foreign troops in the Afghan capital Kabul.

The assailants blew up a car bomb at the gate of the compound which left a large crater. They then attacked guards with small-arms fire.

At least four guards, two civilians and four militants, were killed in the violence.

Bombings are still rampant across Afghanistan more than eleven years into the US-led occupation of the country.

Meantime, a Taliban spokesman has claimed that the militants blew up an American tank in Logar province last night, killing six US forces.

The Taliban recently announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” across Afghanistan and vowed to increase their attacks on US-led troops stationed in the country as well as Afghan forces.

The militant group said it would use Å“every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider attacks.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country.


Republished with permission from:: Press TV