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Ten minors and two civilian dead in airstrike in Afghan

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According to the information given by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, in an incident that took place in the central province of Maidan Wardak killed at least ten minors and two civilians in an airstrike.

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The airstrike was conducted by pro-government forces in Jaghatu district on Sunday and according to UNAMA it killed 12 people from the same family, mostly women and children, aged between six and 15, reports media.

“Preliminary findings from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan indicate that 12 civilians were killed,” the Mission said in a statement.

The statement comes after the Mission had expressed concerns over a growing number of civilian casualties in airstrikes in the country.

The UN mission is reviewing reports of civilian deaths on the ground “from a number of alleged airstrikes in other parts of the country”, said the statement.

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However, a provincial government spokesperson, Rahim Mangal, denied the claims. “During the operation no civilian casualties occurred,” Mangal told media.

“The claims made on social media regarding civilian casualties are false and are the work of anti-government elements to create distance between the people and the government,” he added.

Mangal maintained that in the operation by the security forces 42 Taliban militants were killed and another 30 were wounded.

A record number of 1,692 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018, mostly due to improvised explosive devices, according to latest data by UNAMA.

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