A twin airstrike on a Taliban base in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunduz has left 30 civilian casualties, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Saturday
KABUL (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 19th September, 2020) A twin airstrike on a Taliban base in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunduz has left 30 civilian casualties, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Saturday.
"One airstrike was carried out in the Nikpai area of the Khanabad district of Kunduz, and when people gathered in the area another attack took place in which up to 30 civilians were killed and wounded," an eyewitness told Sputnik.
According to another witness, the airstrikes left 12 civilians killed, including children, and 18 others injured. The witness added that seven Taliban militants had been killed and two others had been injured as a result of the airstrikes.
The Khanabad district chief confirmed the attack but declined to give further details on the strikes.
Later in the day, locals confirmed to a Sputnik correspondent that 17 civilians were killed in the attack, adding that three bodies were still yet to be found.
In a separate episode in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province, Taliban carried out a series of attacks on army checkpoints one of which hit a vehicle carrying senior security officials, including Mohammad Asif Tokhi, a deputy security officer, and Khanzada Karwan, a special forces commander.
"Insurgents attacked a number of checkpoints in the Wamana district ... and a roadside bomb exploded on the car," Paktia police chief Nisar Abdul Rahimzai told Sputnik, adding that the blast left Tokhi killed and Karwan injured.
Another car bomb attack took place in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province, leaving nine members of a local paramilitary force, including senior leader Hashim Ahmadzai, injured and another soldier killed.
No armed group has so far claimed the responsibility for either of the attacks.