Wed Jul 1, 2015 9:10AM
This file photo shows a US MQ-1 Predator drone equipped with Hellfire air-to-surface missiles under its wings.
This file photo shows a US MQ-1 Predator drone equipped with Hellfire air-to-surface missiles under its wings.

More than a dozen people have lost their lives in an assassination strike carried out by a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar.

Provincial police spokesman Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal said on Wednesday that the drone targeted two residential buildings in the Lal Pur district of the province, situated over 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of the capital, Kabul, the previous day, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than a dozen others.

He added that the assault targeted a group of Taliban militants and those killed in the airstrike were members of the terrorist group.

Taliban militants, however, have not yet made any comments on the incident.

An aerial assault in the same province, which lies on the border with Pakistan, reportedly killed at least seven people on June 20.

The United States has been conducting targeted killings through armed drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia as well as Yemen.

Despite Washington’s allegations that the raids target al-Qaeda militants and other extremists, local officials and witnesses have attested that civilians have in most cases been the victims of the attacks.

MP/HJL/HRB