At least 23 civilians, most of them women and children, have been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, the UN says.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) pointed to a sharp increase in civilian casualties from the air operations in a Friday statement, emphasizing that it was particularly concerned about the high number of children impacted by the bombardment.
“Initial findings indicate that the vast majority of the victims were women and children,” said the statement following its probe of the attack on suspected Taliban targets.
“The Mission is actively working to verify information indicating up to 10 children were killed along with eight women, and three children were injured, including an eight-year-old boy,” added the UNAMA statement.
Local residents insist that at least 30 people were killed as the result of the air strike, which was carried out amid a surge in US-led…