Afghan Airstrikes Killed 13 Civilians in Kandahar

Police Chief claims civilians died in mine explosions

During weekend airstrikes against Kandahar Province, Afghan officials claimed huge death tolls. Locals are now saying that among those were 13 civilians killed when airstrikes hit their homes.

The Defense Ministry confirmed it was aware of the reports, while the police dismissed them, claiming that the Taliban had planted mines that exploded and were responsible for the deaths.

The Afghanistan Human Rights Commission was critical of the operation, as were MPs who said the homes were hit multiple times in the air raids, killing a number of children.

The UN is reporting that civilian casualties are on the decline, but warn the toll remains shocking, and more needs to be done.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of