Published:  12:49 AM, 11 February 2019

Afghan lawmaker says airstrikes kill 21 civilians

An Afghan lawmaker says airstrikes in the southern Helmand province have killed 21 civilians, including women and children.

Mohammad Hashim Alkozai, a senator from Helmand, on Sunday said that 13 civilians were killed in one strike and eight in another. Both airstrikes were carried out late on Friday in the Sangin district, where heavy fighting is underway between Nato-backed Afghan forces and the Taliban.

Alkozai says at least five other people were wounded in the airstrikes. Omer Zwak, the provincial governor's spokesman, said insurgents fired on Afghan forces from a civilian area. He confirmed that airstrikes had killed civilians but could not provide further information. He said an investigation has been launched.

---AP, Helmand

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