Airstrike kills 30 civilians in eastern Afghanistan

Reuters reported Thursday citing Afghan government officials that at least 30 civilians have been killed as a result of an airstrike in eastern Afghanistan.

The airstrike conducted by the Afghan security forces and backed by US air support was initially aimed at ISIS hideouts, but accidentally hit farmers near a field, according to the officials.

People were reportedly struck in the Khoghyani district while working in a peanut field.

While the country’s defence ministry has confirmed the strike, representatives of the US forces haven’t commented on the incident yet.

Afghanistan has long been suffering from an unstable political, social, and security situation due to the activity of various terrorist and radical groups, including ISIS.