At least 16 members of a single family have been killed in an airstrike by U.S. forces in Afghanistan's restive Helmand province, officials and local media confirmed late Thursday.
Helmand Governor Mohammad Yasin Khan has condemned the strike and has called for an investigation.
Meanwhile, the local Khama Press has reported that Mawlawi Madad, a Taliban improvised explosive device (IED) operations commander in the Helmand region, where many of these roadside bombs have killed innocent women and children, has been killed in an aerial operation by coalition forces in Sangin district.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan announced that it is following up on credible reports of civilian casualties, including children, from the aerial operation.
Former President Hamid Karzai has vehemently condemned the airstrikes in Sangin.
“The former president, once again, calls upon the U.S. to intensify its efforts for peace rather than bombing Afghan homes,” Karzai's office said in a statement./aa