Several children have been killed in a US drone attack that destroyed a car laden with explosives near the international airport in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.
The CNN, reported nine civilian casualties, including six children. It said all nine victims were members of one family.
Those killed included six children, the youngest being a 2-year-old girl, the brother of one of the dead told a local journalist working with CNN.
He said the people killed were his brother Zamaray (40 years old), Naseer (30), Zameer (20), Faisal (10), Farzad (9), Armin (4), Benyamin (3), Ayat (2) and Sumaya (2).
The brother cried as he told the journalist that they were “an ordinary family.”
“We are not ISIS or Daesh and this was a family home — where my brothers lived with their families,” he told CNN.
Sunday’s attack was the second by US forces in Afghanistan since a member of the ISIL-affiliated Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) detonated his explosives at the airport on Thursday, killing dozens of Afghan civilians trying to flee the Taliban-controlled country.
The Associated Press (AP) news agency quoted A senior US official and said Sunday’s attack came after individuals were seen loading explosives into the boot of a vehicle parked in a residential compound near Kabul airport. The US military drone fired a Hellfire missile at the car.
The United States’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said it was aware of “reports of civilian casualties” following the drone attack.