A resident of Badakhshan province is seeking compensation after nine members of his family were killed in a US drone strike nine months ago.
Abdul Bashir, a 49-year-old resident of Argui district in Badakhshan province, said the attack severely injured both of his legs and one of his arms, and that he lost more than 5 million afghanis.
“I want them to compensate because (my family) was martyred and are gone but there should be compensation. My money burned at home in the fire. My medical expenses should be paid,” said Abdul Bashir, the victim.
“My cousin lost five sons and two daughters and my mother died,” said Haji Nazrullah, the cousin.
His demolished house was rebuilt with the aid of locals after the attack, but he still has financial difficulties.
“I have suffered 560 000, I want the US to compensate," said Shabir Ahmad, a young member of the family.
According to local officials in Badakhshan, the United States should compensate all victims of airstrikes in Afghanistan for the last 20 years.
“We have witnessed their dropping bombs on the residences of the people in several parts of Badakhshan, which has caused the death of even 15 members of a family,” said Mazuddin Ahmadi, Badakhshan director of Information and Culture.
A similar airstrike in Kabul killed eleven members of a family and injured numerous others in August of last year.
Although the US Department of Defense said after the incident that it would pay the grieving family in Kabul, it is still unclear if the US has done so.