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US air raid kills 14 civilians in NE Afghanistan

An airstrike, which took place in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunar, left at least 14 people dead, most of them women and children.

Local officials have told Press TV that the overnight air raid in the Badil District of the province also left 13 people injured.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned the latest civilian casualties by US forces in Kunar Province.

Meanwhile, Afghan officials have launched an investigation into the deadly incident.

The US military headquarters in Kabul has not yet commented on the matter.

According to the Press TV correspondent in Afghanistan, there is growing anger and frustration among the resident in Kunar Valley over the US targeting of the civilians.

The families of the victims have reportedly taken the bodies of their loved ones to the provincial capital, Asadabad. The families are demanding justice over the case saying mere condemnation of the deadly airstrikes by Afghan officials is no guarantee to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents in the future.

According to the United Nations office in Kabul, over 2,000 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan over the past six months.

Afghanistan has repeatedly criticized the US for its air raids in the country. Afghan officials say the attacks mostly hit civilian targets.

In 2001, the US and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. Although the US-led invasion removed the Taliban from power, insecurity continues to grapple the war-torn country.

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