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Why did they kill our children and our family members? Ramin Yousufi who lost 10 family members, including six children, in the US drone strike asked. Calling the attack brutal and shameful, he said the US had the wrong information.
He said all the members of his family were civilians and some were associated with charity organisations while one was a student.
Read: Taliban or Americans, they all kill us: Afghan man after US strike wipes out family of 10
He said his cousin had just arrived from work and his children gathered around the car to greet him when the strike hit the house.
“My cousin wanted to go out with his children, they had gathered around the car and that is when the house came under attack, killing all of them,” Ramin said in an emotional interview with BBC World.
He asked, “How can people who have jobs and are associated with charity organisations — involved in serving the poor people of the country be involved in a suicide attack? Ask our neighbours about us, we have been here for 25 years, we are all civilians,” he said.
“We could not identify them, they were so burnt out,” Ramin broke down recalling the sequence of even that unfolded at the house that day.
Asked if he thinks there could be more such strikes, he said, “If they are not responsible for the lives of civilians, more such attacks can happen in the future.”
US Central Command said it was investigating reports of civilian casualties from Sunday’s drone strike.
The United States carried out a military drone strike in Kabul on Sunday, hitting a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” on their way to Kabul airport.
“US military forces conducted a self-defense unmanned over-the-horizon airstrike today on a vehicle in Kabul, eliminating an imminent ISIS-K threat to Hamid Karzai International airport,” said Bill Urban, spokesperson for the US Central Command.
The official US Central Command statement said, “Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material.”
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