KABUL (Reuters) – Ten children, part of the same extended family, were killed by an American air strike in Afghanistan along with three adult civilians, the UN said on Monday.
The air strike early Saturday was part of a battle between the Taliban and the combined Afghan and American forces that lasted about 30 hours in Kunduz, a northern province where Taliban rebellion is strong.
The children and their family were displaced by fighting elsewhere in the country, and the UN's Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said releasing its preliminary findings about the incident. UNAMA said in a statement that it confirmed that all 13 civilian accidents occurred around the air strikes.
Three other civilians were injured. The incident occurred in the Telawka neighborhood near Kunduz town.
Sgt. Debra Richardson, spokeswoman for NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, confirmed that the US forces were performing an air strike, but she said Monday that the mission had not yet confirmed that it had caused civilian accidents.
She said the task is to prevent civilian accidents while the Taliban deliberately hides among civilians.
A record number of Afghan civilians were killed last year as air strikes and suicide bombings increased, the UN said in a February report. Childhood air raids have risen every year since 201
Reporting Rod Nickel in Kabul; Editing by Kim Coghill & Simon Cameron-Moore