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21 Civilians Killed in US Airstikes in Afghanistan

Two US Air strikes in Afghanistan’s Helmand province have resulted in the deaths of 21 civilians, including women and children.

According to Hashim Alkozai, a Senator from the Helmand province, the strikes killed 13 and 8 civilians respectively.

“Innocent people, women and children, are the only victims of the airstrikes,” Alkozai said, further adding that such strikes are adding to the public anger.

The strikes were carried out in the Sangin district on Friday where both the coalition forces and the Taliban are engaged in heavy fighting.  According to sources, five other civilians were also injured in the airstrikes.

Official sources, even though admitting to civilian casualties, did not confirm the number of dead.

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