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Airstrike in Eastern Afghanistan Kills at Least 13

At least 13 people were killed by an airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Wednesday, with officials describing the victims as members of the Islamic State while some residents said the dead were civilians.

A US military spokesman, Brigadier General Charles H. Cleveland, said a "counterterrorism airstrike" had taken place in the area on Wednesday but that he could not discuss details. He added that the military "takes all allegations of civilian casualties very seriously" and that a review of the strike was underway.

Afghan officials said the victims of the strike, in the Achin district, were members of the Islamic State. The district has long been a hotbed of Islamic State activity, one of the few in Afghanistan.

Provincial police said that 18 Islamic State members were killed in the strike in the Shadal Bazaar area of the Achin district, including an Islamic State judge and a local commander.

[Source: By Khalid Alokozay and Rod Nordland, NY Times, Boston Globe, Jalalabad, 29Sep16]

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