Three young children reportedly died in an airstrike in Kabul, Afghanistan, after US officials targeted vehicles filled with explosives.
According to the reports, the US targeted two cars containing “multiple suicide bombers” and explosives believed to belong to ISIS-K, the terrorist group responsible for the attack at the Kabul international airport that resulted in some 90 casualties, including 13 US service members, just days ago.
The airstrike took place near the Hamid Karzai airport after US intelligence suggested that ISIS-K were getting ready for another suicide attack with the help of two vehicles filled with explosives.
After targeting the two cars, US officials confirmed that the target was hit, whereas military spokesperson US Navy Captain Bill Urban insisted that there were no indications of civilian casualties during the preliminary investigation.
“We are confident we successfully hit the target. Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material,” he said.
Witnesses, however, claim otherwise. According to an Afghan official, who chose to remain anonymous in fear for his safety, three children were killed in the airstrike.
Meanwhile, TV presenter Muslim Shirzad claimed that nine people, including as many as six children, died in the explosions.
As one local, Dina Mohammadi, has since revealed, she was at home with her extended family when the rockets hit the cars filled with explosives and killed several of her family members.
Another local, Ahmaduddin, claimed that the blast resulted in additional explosions within homes. He also insisted that he had helped collect the bodies of civilians following the rocket attack.
After the incident, the Taliban appeared to welcome the airstrike.
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