A U.S. Air Pressure MQ-9 Reaper drone takes off from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan March 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
No less than 15 civilians have been killed and one other thirteen wounded in a US drone strike in japanese Afghanistan, the United Nations stated late on Thursday, calling for an unbiased investigation into the incident.
The airstrike occurred within the early morning on Wednesday, hitting what US officers stated was an Islamic State goal in Achin district of Nangarhar province.
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The UN Help Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stated some militants might have been killed within the strike, however most of the victims have been civilians, together with college students, a instructor, and members of households thought-about to be “professional-authorities”.
“UNAMA reiterates the necessity for all events to the battle to stick to their obligations beneath worldwide humanitarian regulation,” the United Nations stated in a press release.
“UNAMA calls on the federal government and worldwide army forces to launch a immediate, unbiased, neutral, clear, and efficient investigation into this incident.”
The civilians had gathered in a village to welcome the return of an area elder who had accomplished the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and have been sleeping when the strike occurred, in line with witnesses.
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The US army command confirmed it carried out an air strike in Achin aimed toward Islamic State militants, however stated it’s gathering info on the allegations of civilian casualties.
“We take each potential measure to keep away from civilian casualties in these operations, and can proceed to work with Afghan authorities to find out if there’s trigger for extra investigation,” US forces stated in a press release.
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