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Airstrike Hits Mosque in Takhar Province, 12 Children Killed

Afghan provincial authorities reported that 12 children were killed and several others were wounded in an airstrike on a mosque in the northern Takhar Province.

Afghan provincial authorities reported that 12 children were killed and several others were wounded in an airstrike on a mosque in the northern Takhar Province.

The strike occurred on October 21 in the Baharak district where alleged Taliban forces ambushed and killed Afghan security personnel. 

Takhar’s deputy police chief Raz Mohammad Doorandish and nearly 50 members of Afghan security forces were killed in the said ambush.

Takhar provincial councilor Mohammad Azam Afzali said that a plane from an undetermined force conducted an air raid on the mosque after it received information that the Taliban ambushers took refuge there.

Afzali said that the militants have reportedly left the area by the time the bombs were dropped.  

“The airstrike was carried out when the victims were busy studying the Holy Koran,” said provincial police spokesman Khalil Aseer.

The Afghan Ministry of Defence has denied that the airstrike killed any civilians or children which was backed up by Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh.

“We have undeniable evidence that those who killed our security forces… were killed. Those who spread rumors will be dealt with legally,” said Saleh on Facebook. 

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