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28 killed in US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan

More than two dozen people have lost their lives in a strike carried out by a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar.

Provincial governor spokesman Ahmadzia Abdulzai said on Wednesday that the drone attack struck the Haska Mina district of the province, situated over 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of the capital, Kabul, late on Tuesday, killing at least 28 people.

He added that the assault targeted a group of Taliban militants and that those killed in the airstrike were members of the terrorist group.

Taliban militants, however, have not yet made any comments on the incident.

An aerial assault in the same province, which lies on the border with Pakistan, reportedly killed at least 12 people on July 12.

On June 30, a US UAV targeted two residential buildings in the Lal Pur district of Nangarhar, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than a dozen others.

The United States has been conducting targeted killings through remotely-controlled armed drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia as well as Yemen.

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