3 members of one family killed in US drone strike in Nangarhar Province
Iran Press TV
Aug 26, 2015 4:12PM
A US drone strike has claimed the lives of at least three members of one family in the eastern province of Nangarhar in Afghanistan.
The drone strike was carried out on Wednesday, with witnesses saying that the victims - a man, his son and his brother - were apparently hit while collecting stones outdoors.
Local Afghan officials have made no comments on the deadly incident. However, sources with the Taliban militant group have confirmed that those killed in the strike were not members of the group.
In early August, local authorities said at least 75 people were killed in US drone attacks in various districts of Nangarhar, which lies on the Afghan border with Pakistan.
The CIA spy agency regularly uses drones for airstrikes and spying missions in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, among other places.
Washington has been conducting targeted killings through the remotely-controlled armed drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
The US says the airstrikes target al-Qaeda militants and others, but according to local officials and witnesses, in most cases civilians have been the victims of the attacks.
The United Nations says the US drone attacks are “targeted killings” that flout international law.
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