December 18, 2018

NATO rejects Taliban’s claims regarding airstrikes on Kunduz school

By Khaama Press - Sat Jul 15 2017, 7:29 pm

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan rejected the claims by the Taliban group regarding the airstrikes by the US forces on a school in northern Kunduz province.

A spokesman for the alliance, Capt. William K. Salvin, said “Taliban allegations of US airstrikes on a school in Kunduz province are false.”

Salvin further added “While US forces conducted airstrikes in Kunduz last night, according to Afghan officials the damage to the school was caused by a kitchen fire.”

According to Salvin, a review of the gun camera footage confirms the area where the strikes occurred was clear of civilians at the time.

He also added that the strikes destroyed Taliban fighting positions and emplaced IEDs.

The Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid had earlier claimed that the school building was totally destroyed in the airstrike by the US forces on Friday night.

Mujahid also claimed that several people lost their lives while others were wounded in the airstrikes.

Some provincial education officials had earlier said that the school compound located in east of the city was damaged along with some homes located in the vicinity of the incident.

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