Logar, 27 Syawwal 1435/23 August 2014 (MINA) – At least three civilians have been killed in a US assassination drone attack in Afghanistan.
The airstrike, which also injured two Afghans, happened in the war-torn country’s eastern province of Logar on Friday, Press TV quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting,
According to reports, Afghan authorities have begun an investigation into the incident.
Civilian casualties from US-led attacks have been a serious bone of contention between Kabul and Washington.
The US carries out “targeted killings” through drone strikes in several Muslim nations such as Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.
Washington claims the targets of the drone attacks are militants, but local officials and witnesses maintain that civilians have been the main victims of the attacks over the past few years.
The Afghan people and the country’s officials have protested against the civilian casualties on numerous occasions, but the US drone attacks continue unabated.
The United Nations and several human rights organizations have identified the US as the world’s number one user of “targeted killings,” largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.
The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops. (T/P012/P3)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)