KABUL (Pajhwok): At least seven members of a family have been killed in an airstrike in central MaidanWardak province, a public representative and residents claimed on Wednesday.
Sharifullah Hotak, a member of the provincial council, told Pajhwok Afghan News the security forces carried out a raid and airstrikes in the Sadmardah locality of Nirkh district late on Tuesday night.
He said seven members of a family were killed and two others wounded in the nighttime raid and airstrike.
He wrote on his Facebook page: “The government should investigate the incident seriously as it is not the first such case.”
Hotak added the government would again call the incident a mistake, but this time around, a similar statement would not be tolerable for the area people.
Mirwais Stanekzai, a resident of the area, confirmed the incident to Pajhwok and said the family members left their home last night and were targeted inside their garden.
But Mohibullah Sharifzai, the governor’s spokesman, said they had been informed the security forces had inflicted causalities on Taliban militants in the area.
In a statement, the 203 Thunder Military Corps said that six Taliban insurgents, including two notorious commanders, were killed one injured.
The statement rejected civilians’ casualties in the operation.