Afghan Warplanes Attack Ghazni Village, Killing Two Children

Five other children wounded and two missing, all under age 12

Continuing their trend of carrying out airstrikes, not killing their intended targets, and hitting innocent people, the Afghan Air Force took a run at the village of De-Haji in Ghazni Province on Tuesday. Two were killed, two missing, five wounded, all children under the age of 12.

Provincial council officials say the military helicopters intended to target the Taliban, but they escaped the village. Still, the military managed to hit things, like the school, the village mosque, and several residential buildings. It is no surprise, then, that the attacks ended up hitting predominantly children.

The five wounded children were taken to the hospital in Kabul, and are in critical condition. This attack came after Sunday’s car bombing in Ghazni, which reportedly killed at least 31 soldiers. The Afghan government has contested the toll, saying only 10 were killed

The Defense Ministry has not commented on the latest civilian deaths. Historically, even 12-year-olds get labeled “Taliban commanders” in official accounts, and even with provincial officials already confirming them as children, that doesn’t mean there will be an accounting on a national level.

Author: Jason Ditz

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