US Drone Attacks Eastern Afghanistan, 12 Killed

US Drone Attacks Eastern Afghanistan, 12 Killed
Thu Aug 6, 2015 18:56:10

A fresh US drone strike has claimed lives of at least a dozen people and injured several others in the troubled eastern Afghanistan, Al-Alam News Network reports.

The casualties were caused after an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to the US military struck an area on the outskirts of Pul-i- Alam, the provincial capital of Afghanistan’s eastern Logar Province, on Wednesday night.

Local officials confirmed that at least 12 people had lost their lives and eight others were injured in the attack, saying the victims were all militants, including a Taliban commander identified as Mullah Abdul Wahid.

The Taliban militant group has not commented on the report.

This came after  six drone strikes carried out by US drones in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar killed at least 75 people late on Tuesday.

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) 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.

While senior American civilian and military officials claim the targets of the attacks are militants, witnesses maintain that, in most cases, civilians have been the victims of the airstrikes.

Washington has been carrying out drone operations in several countries, including Afghanistan - without authorization from the United Nations.

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