Dozens of civilians were killed in a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan linked to U.S. forces Thursday, according to multiple reports.
An official told the Associated Press that 16 died in the strike, while three Afghan officials said that at least 30 died. Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry confirmed the drone strike without details of civilian casualties.
U.S. forces in Afghanistan said they carried out a strike in Nangarhar in attempt to hit Islamic State positions. Colonel Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan said, “We are aware of allegations of the death of non-combatants and are working with local officials to determine the facts.”