US drone strikes in Afghanistan kill 14

Published July 3rd, 2016 - 12:03 GMT
A US drone strike killed 14 in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province. (File photo)
A US drone strike killed 14 in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province. (File photo)

A United States drone strike has killed at least 14 people in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar Province.

Local sources said three Taliban militants were among the dead. It is not clear whether the rest of the casualties were civilians.

Hundreds of unmanned aircraft have been used to conduct surveillance flights and airstrikes in Afghanistan since 2001.

The US says the airstrikes target members of al-Qaeda and other militant groups, but civilians have also been the victims of the attacks in many cases.

Such attacks are also carried out inside Pakistan, where Taliban members are also present.

One such attack killed the Taliban’s then-leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour inside Pakistan on May 21.

Following the attack, the Taliban picked Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader.

Akhundzada on Saturday called on the US to end its “occupation” of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan faces a security challenge since the US-led invasion in 2001. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but many areas in the country are still beset with bomb attacks, kidnapping incidents and murders.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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