‘We are not ISIS’: Children among at least 6 Afghan civilians killed in US drone strike in Kabul

KABUL: Several children were among at least six civilians who were killed in a US drone strike targeting a suspected suicide bomber in Kabul on Sunday, international media reported. The US has said it is “investigating” reports of civilian deaths.

Witnesses told Al Jazeera that the airstrike launched to destroy a car said to be laden with explosives killed six civilians, including at least three children.

CNN, meanwhile, reported that nine members of a family, including six children, were killed in Sunday’s attack in the crowded Afghan capital, where thousands of Afghans are still trying to flee the Taliban.

A resident of the area where the strike took place said neighbours estimated “up to 20 people” might have been killed, according to the report.

Local media also reported that civilians were killed in the strike.

Different local and foreign media outlets cited varying numbers of casualties quoting residents, while there was no official confirmation from the authorities. But all of them reported that the victims were Afghan civilians and not militants affiliated with the militant Islamic State (IS) group, as the US has claimed.

The youngest among those killed was a two-year-old girl, a brother of one of the deceased told CNN.

They were “an ordinary family”, he was quoted as saying. “We are not ISIS or Daesh and this was a family home — where my brothers lived with their families.” A Taliban spokesman also said the US drone strike resulted in civilian casualties, and condemned the United States for failing to inform the Taliban before ordering the strike.

Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told China’s state television CGTN on Monday that seven people were killed in the drone attack, describing the US action on foreign soil as unlawful.

“If there was any potential threat in Afghanistan, it should have been reported to us, not an arbitrary attack that has resulted in civilian casualties,” Mujahid said in a written response to CGTN. – AFP