Pentagon investigating reports of civilian deaths in U.S. drone strike

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 28 (UPI) — The Pentagon said it’s investigating a U.S. drone strike Afghan officials said killed at least 13 civilians near the border with Pakistan on Wednesday.

At least 13 civilians were killed and 14 more injured in the strike in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, Afghan officials said.

In another report, though, an Afghan police official said the strike killed 18 Islamic State fighters, including a commander and a judge.

“We sent a commission to investigate whether civilians were killed in the attack,” said Hazrat Hussein Mashriqiwal, a spokesman for the provincial police.

But U.S. military officials have not confirmed the deaths of civilians in the strike.

“U.S. forces did conduct one counter-terrorism airstrike in the area on Wednesday,” said Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, a U.S. military spokesman. “We are aware of some claims of Afghan casualties, and are currently reviewing all materials related to this strike. We are continuing to look into these allegations and will provide additional information as appropriate.”

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