Residents in Helmand, a province in southern Afghanistan, have claimed that at least five civilians were killed and five more wounded in an air strike on a house in Lashkargah city, the center of the province.
Juma Khan, a survivor of the attack who lost his family in the air strike, said that he was recently resettled in Lashkargah city.
“My two daughters and three sons were martyred, five more people were wounded, we are here now and don’t know what to do,” said Juma Khan.
Residents in the province meanwhile brought the dead bodies of the victims in front of the governor's office to protest the air strike on civilians.
“The children have been harmed in the attack,” said Mohammad Naeem, a protestor.
Meanwhile, provincial governor Abdul Nabi Elham said that presently it is not confirmed whether the civilians were killed as a result of an air strike or a mortar attack by the armed opponents.
“Up till now it is not clear for us whether it was caused as a result of an air strike or a mortar attack,” said Elham.
Attaullah Afghan, a member of Helmand's provincial council, meanwhile confirmed that women and children had been killed in the attack.
“We call on the Taliban to avoid making fighting positions inside the people’s homes, the government should also try to be precise in their operations,” said Afghan.
Local authorities in Helmand have pledged to launch an investigation into the tragic incident.