Several children have been killed in a US drone attack that destroyed a car laden with explosives near the international airport in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, according to witnesses.
Witnesses Have said at least three children were among six civilians who died in Sunday’s attack, while some media reports say nine members of one family – including six children – were among the dead.
The United States’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said it was aware of “reports of civilian casualties” following the drone attack, which it said hit “multiple suicide bombers” who were preparing to attack the ongoing evacuations at the Kabul airport.
CENTCOM said it had launched investigations.
Sunday’s attack was the second by US forces in Afghanistan since a member of the ISIL-affiliated Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) detonated his explosives at the airport on Thursday, killing dozens of Afghan civilians trying to flee the Taliban-controlled country.Thirteen US soldiers were among the 175 victims.
A senior US official told the Associated Press (AP) news agency Sunday’s attack came after individuals were seen loading explosives into the boot of a vehicle parked in a residential compound near Kabul airport. The US military drone fired a Hellfire missile at the car.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said two ISKP members who were targeted were killed.
Source : Al Jazeera and news agencies