US-led airstrikes kill 4 in Afghanistan

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

At least four people have been killed after US-led foreign forces carried out two separate airstrikes in Afghanistanâ„¢s central province of Wardak, Press TV reports.

Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the provincial governor, told Press TV on Saturday that the attacks took place in the Saydabad district of the province, located 97 kilometers (about 60 miles) southwest of Kabul, late on Friday.

He identified the victims as Taliban militants, noting that three Taliban gunmen were slain in the airstrike on a compound in the Sheniz area of Saydabad district while another was killed when a missile struck a building in the Tangi area.

The Taliban have not yet confirmed any casualties, and made no comments on the airstrikes.

On September 5, at least 12 people were killed and several others injured when foreign forces carried out an airborne attack in Afghanistanâ„¢s eastern province of Logar.

Afghan officials identified the victims as Taliban militants, but local residents said the strike targeted civilians.

The attack came a day after one person was killed in a US-led airstrike in the central province of Wardak.

On September 2, Afghan security sources said at least five people were killed and several others injured in an air raid by US-led forces in the eastern province of Paktia.

On August 31, at least sixteen people were killed when US-led foreign forces conducted an airstrike in the Wuza Zadran district of Paktia Province.

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