Afghanistan’s TOLO News is reporting that at least 10 people, including children, were killed in an airstrike carried out by the United States in Kabul Sunday. TOLO News based the claim on local residents.
US officials had earlier stated that the airstrike had targeted a car with explosives carrying Islamic State or Daesh suicide bombers.
A spokesman for the US Central Command (CENTCOM) had earlier stated yesterday that the country was probing whether the airstrike targeting ISIS had led to civilian deaths.
US media outlet CNN had earlier stated that nine family members, including six children, had lost their lives in Sunday’s airstrike in a crowded area of the Afghan capital.
“We are aware of reports of civilian casualties following our strike on a vehicle in Kabul today,” Captain Bill Urban, a CENTCOM spokesman, had said in a statement.
“We are still assessing the results of this strike, which we know disrupted an imminent ISIS-K threat to the airport,” he added.
ISIS-K or ISIS- Khorasan is an acronym used for the Afghan branch of the Islamic State group. The terrorist group had carried out the deadly suicide bombing at the Kabul airport on Thursday which killed nearly 200 people, including US troops.
“We know that there were substantial and powerful subsequent explosions resulting from the destruction of the vehicle, indicating a large amount of explosive material inside that may have caused additional casualties,” Urban continued.
“It is unclear what may have happened, and we are investigating further. We would be deeply saddened by any potential loss of innocent life,” he added.
The Taliban had stated that the car destroyed in the US airstrike was headed for Kabul’s airport, an indication of a failed attack.
As per news agency AFP, some 114,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since August 15 when the Taliban took control of Kabul.
The US is set to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan by Tuesday (August 31) deadline.