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  World   Asia  25 Mar 2019  UN says 10 children among 13 killed by US air strike in Afghanistan

UN says 10 children among 13 killed by US air strike in Afghanistan

REUTERS
Published : Mar 25, 2019, 5:04 pm IST
Updated : Mar 25, 2019, 5:04 pm IST

Ten children, part of the same family, were killed by a US air strike in Afghanistan, along with three adult civilians, UN reported.

The children and their family had been displaced by fighting elsewhere in the country. (Representational Image)
 The children and their family had been displaced by fighting elsewhere in the country. (Representational Image)

Kabul: Ten children, part of the same extended family, were killed by a US air strike in Afghanistan, along with three adult civilians, the United Nations said on Monday.

The air strike early on Saturday was part of a battle between the Taliban and combined Afghan and US forces that lasted about 30 hours in Kunduz, a northern province where the Taliban is strong.

The children and their family had been displaced by fighting elsewhere in the country, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in releasing its preliminary findings about the incident. UNAMA said in a statement that it is verifying that all 13 civilian casualties occurred around the time of the air strike.

Three other civilians were injured. The incident happened in the Telawka neighbourhood near Kunduz city.

Sgt. Debra Richardson, spokeswoman for the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, confirmed on Sunday that US forces carried out the air strike. She said the mission aims to prevent civilian casualties, while the Taliban intentionally hides among civilians.

A record number of Afghan civilians were killed last year as aerial attacks and suicide bombings increased, the United Nations said in a February report. Child casualties from air strikes have increased every year since 2014.

Fighting has accelerated during a period of recurring talks between U.S. and Taliban officials aimed at ending Afghanistan's 17-year war.

Tags: air strikes, afghan-us war, united nations
Location: Afghanistan, Kabol, Kabul