KABUL, Afghanistan — Airstrikes in the southern Helmand province have killed 21 civilians, including women and children, an Afghan lawmaker said.
In a separate development, the Afghan intelligence service said it had arrested three members of the Haqqani group, a Taliban faction believed to be based in Pakistan, in connection with two bombings in Kabul that killed and wounded dozens of people.
The sources further added that a coalition air strike in Qarah Bagh district of Ghazni killed 4 Taliban fighters.
Both airstrikes were carried out late Friday in the Sangin district, where heavy fighting is underway between NATO-backed Afghan forces and the Taliban.
According to the informed military sources, a coalition air strike in Khugyani district of Nangarhar province killed 2 ISIS-K fighters while 7 more militants were killed during similar airstrikes conducted in Washer of Helmand and Chimtal district of Balkh province.
The Afghan and coalition forces have killed at least 30 Taliban and ISIS Khurasan (ISIS-K) militants during their latest operations which were conducted in the past 24 hours.
The Taliban killed at least eight Afghan police in an attack on a checkpoint in the northern Sari Pul province late Saturday, said Zabihullah Amani, the governor's spokesman.
Security force raids over the past two months on suspected Taliban hideouts in Helmand's Sangin district killed at least 30 civilians and wounded many, including women and children.
He confirmed that airstrikes had killed civilians but could not provide further information.
Thirteen civilians were killed in one strike and eight in another, Mohammad Hashim Alkozai, a senator from Helmand, said Sunday.
Officials and residents of Afghanistans Helmand province say at least 10 civilians were killed and others wounded during American airstrikes this weekend.
The Afghan Special Forces conducted a clearance operation in Tarin Kot city of Uruzgan, killing 13 Taliban fighters and destroying 2 roadside bombs.
Insurgents fired on Afghan forces from a civilian area, said Omer Zwak, the provincial governor’s spokesman.
One of the worst incidents occurred in the northern province of Kunduz in April last year, when an Afghan air attack on a religious gathering killed or wounded 107 people, mostly children, a previous UNAMA report said.