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Taliban condemns “arbitrary” US drone strike, 7 killed: report

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said seven people were killed in the US drone strike. (file)

Beijing:

A Taliban spokesman said a US drone strike targeting a suspected suicide bomber in Kabul on Sunday resulted in civilian casualties, and condemned the United States for failing to notify the Taliban before ordering the attack. .

Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told China’s state television CGTN on Monday that seven people were killed in a drone strike calling US operations on foreign soil illegal.

“If there was a potential threat to Afghanistan, we should have been informed, and not an arbitrary attack that resulted in civilian casualties,” Mujahid said in a written reply to CGTN.

Pentagon officials said the suicide car bomber was preparing to strike an airport in Kabul, where US troops were in the final stages of withdrawal from Afghanistan on behalf of ISIS-K, a local ally of Islamic State, the enemy of the two. Is. West and Taliban.

US Central Command said it was investigating reports of civilian casualties in Sunday’s drone strike.

“We know that the destruction of the vehicle resulted in substantial and powerful explosions, indicating that additional casualties may have been caused by the large amount of explosive material,” it said.

Mujahid on Saturday issued a similar condemnation of the US drone strike that killed two Islamic State militants in the eastern province of Nangarhar. He said that two women and a child were injured in the attack.

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