Country’s air force had killed up to 13 civilians: Afghan authorities

Vastavam web: Afghan authorities said today the country’s air force had killed up to 13 civilians including women and children in airstrikes targeting a Taliban base in the western province of Herat.The strikes, targeting a prison and command base run by the insurgents in volatile Shindand district, also hit nearby houses late yesterday evening, Herat provincial spokesman Jilani Farhad told AFP.At least 16 Taliban fighters were also killed, he added.
A provincial police statement also confirmed the airstrike and civilian casualties. The area is remote and inaccessible, and AFP was unable to independently verify the claims.The defence ministry confirmed the Afghan Air Force had carried out strikes.Civilian deaths are at their worst in Afghanistan since records began in 2009. In the first half of the year, 1,662 civilians were killed and more than 3,500 injured, according to the United Nations.