UN says Afghan air raid in April killed 30 children

2018-05-07 22:57
Injured men receive treatment at a hospital following a deadly bombing at a mosque in Khost city, the provincial capital of the eastern Khost province, Afghanistan. (Nishanuddin Khan, AP)

Injured men receive treatment at a hospital following a deadly bombing at a mosque in Khost city, the provincial capital of the eastern Khost province, Afghanistan. (Nishanuddin Khan, AP)

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The UN mission to Afghanistan says 30 children were among those killed in an Afghan air raid last month that officials said targeted insurgents.

The UN released a report on Monday saying that a total of 36 people were killed in the April 2 attack, which it said targeted a religious ceremony attended by hundreds of men and boys in the Dashti Archi district of the northern Kunduz province. It says another 71 people were wounded, including 51 children.

The UN says it cannot confirm whether those killed were civilians, or whether the Taliban were present.

On the day of the attack, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said the airstrike killed more than 30 Taliban fighters who were taking part in a military parade. Mohammad Radmanish said no civilians were present.

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