UN: 21 Afghan civilians killed in separate airstrikes

12 women and children from the same family were killed in a Sunday airstrike in the eastern Maidan Wardak province. (File/AFP)
Updated 26 September 2018
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UN: 21 Afghan civilians killed in separate airstrikes

  • The UN says it is unclear whether the airstrikes were carried out by Afghan or NATO forces
  • 12 women and children from the same family were killed in a Sunday airstrike in the eastern Maidan Wardak province

KABUL, Afghanistan: The UN mission in Afghanistan says 21 civilians were killed in two separate airstrikes over the weekend.
It says in a statement Wednesday that nine civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in a Saturday airstrike in the northeastern Kapisa province, in an area where Afghan forces were battling the Taliban.
Another statement cited “preliminary findings” that 12 women and children from the same family were killed in a Sunday airstrike in the eastern Maidan Wardak province, also during an Afghan military operation.
The UN says it is unclear whether the airstrikes were carried out by Afghan or NATO forces. The Afghan government has not commented on the reports.


Death toll reaches 73 in Mexico fuel pipeline fire horror

Updated 20 January 2019
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Death toll reaches 73 in Mexico fuel pipeline fire horror

  • The explosion of the illegal pipeline in central Mexico killed more than 70 people
  • The new president promised earlier to fight the epidemic of fuel theft

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico: They were warned to stay away from the geyser of gasoline gushing from the illegally tapped pipeline in central Mexico, but Gerardo Perez says he and his son joined others in bypassing the soldiers. As they neared the spurting fuel he was overcome with foreboding.
Perez recalls telling his son: “Let’s go ... this thing is going to explode.”
And it did, with a fireball that engulfed locals scooping up the spilling gasoline and underscored the dangers of an epidemic of fuel theft from pipelines that Mexico’s new president has vowed to fight.
By Saturday evening the death toll from Friday’s blaze had risen to 73, with another 74 people injured and dozens more were missing. Perez and his son escaped the flames.