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7 civilians killed in airstrike in Burhani Khel village

At least seven civilians were killed in an airstrike while returning from a funeral ceremony.

The airstrike carried out in Burhani Khel village of Sayed Abad district of Maidan Wardak province, a number of resident claimed.

The seven people car was targeted by an airstrike in Burkhan Khel village in Sayed Abad district, as per a report of TOLONews.

The residents who have witnessed the incident are protesting to press the Afghan government to launch an investigation into the incident.

“They came here for a funeral ceremony. They ate food and wanted to return. Father,son, two sons-in-law, one guest and two children were among the seven people [killed in the airstrike],” said Hamed, a resident of Sayed Abad district.

“He was a driver. His son was a student, another was a laborer, another man was working in a company, one of them was his cousin and was a resident of Kabul. They all were here for a funeral ceremony,” said Basir, another resident of Sayed Abad.

“Either the government take Wardak out of the Afghanistan map or announce its enmity with us or consider us as their people,” said Khalil Rahman, a resident.

Previously, at least nine Taliban members were killed in an airstrike in Maidan Wardak, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense reported.

Last week as well, two civilians were killed and eight others, most of them children, were wounded in an airstrike in Qala-e-Amir village which is located in Tangi area of the province.

In March, President Ashraf Ghani ordered the National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) to not harm any civilian in their operations against militants. Despite that, several incidents that targeted the civilians were reported in various regions of the country.

On July 15, said that 596 civilians were killed and 1,892 others wounded in clashes between government forces and the Taliban and other attacks by militants in Afghanistan, a senior official of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
(AIHRC).

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