Afghanistan

US drone attack kills five in eastern Afghanistan

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At least five people have been killed in a US assassination drone attack in eastern Afghan province of Kunar, local security officials say.Three more people have also been wounded in the drone attack.

Local officials say the airstrike rocked the town of Mano Gai, adding that the victims were Taliban members.

The Taliban, however, has not yet commented on the report.

Kunar is one of the volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan with armed militant groups operating in its various districts.

The latest drone attack came as most US-led forces prepare to leave the war-torn country by the end of the year.

Militancy and attacks on foreign forces are still commonplace across Afghanistan more than 13 years into the US-led invasion of the country.

The US carries out targeted killings through drone strikes in several Muslim countries, such as Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Washington claims the targets of the drone attacks are militants, but local officials and witnesses maintain that civilians have been the main victims of such raids over the past few years.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to plague the country, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.

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