The U.S. forces in Afghanistan in a statement on Saturday rejected civilian casualties in an airstrike on Thursday evening in Nangarhar province.
According to the statement, a U.S. airstrike killed a number of militants and destroyed their vehicle in the Haska Mina district in Nangarhar.
“The militants were observed loading weapons in to a vehicle and were under surveillance until the vehicle was destroyed by an airstrike,” said Bob Purtiman a spokesman for the U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
“There was zero chance of civilian casualties,” Purtiman added.
This comes after a source from Nangarhar province on Friday claimed that at least 16 civilians were killed in an airstrike carried out by foreign forces in Nangarhar province.
According to the source, the incident took place in Haska Mina district when an airstrike targeted a civilian vehicle on Thursday evening.
The source said women and children were among the victims.
Meanwhile, Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed the airstrike but said the identity of those killed in the raid is not clear so far.