Afghan Official Says A Man & Two Sons Were Killed by Coalition Forces

On Monday, a convoy with Afghan and US troops was struck by a roadside bomb, says Afghan official. US forces struck back, killing one Afghan man and his two sons. “There were no US casualties,” he said.

The Incident

According to an Afghan official, coalition forces killed one man and his 2 sons in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. US troops have been in that region to help domestic forces fight against Islamic extremists.

According to the US command, a convoy with Afghan and US personnel “was struck by a roadside bomb and attacked with small arms fire in Nangarhar Province. The convoy returned fire in self-defense and there were no US casualties.”

According to Attaullah Khogyani, Nangarhar’s spokesman, when the US responded to the bomb, they killed one civilian man and his 8-year-old and 10-year-old sons. This happened just near the man’s home in Ghani Khel, near the Pakistan border, just south of Nangarhar. “After the bomb blast hit them, the American forces then started shooting and killed one man and two children nearby.” he said.

At the time, the US military had said that it didn’t receive “official allegations of civilian casualties,” but that if they do they will be “taken very seriously and all allegations are thoroughly investigated.” Khogyani said that Afghanistan will be investigating the incident.

US Troops in the Region

The US and Afghanistan have been fighting Islamic State alongside eachother for quite some time. There are currently around 9,800 US troops deployed in Afghanistan. The last NATO mission was ended in 2014, but troops have stayed in the region in order to help assist Afghan forces.

In April, some US troops were killed in the midst of the chaos. In April, the US dropped the “mother of all bombs” (MOAB), the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever used in battlefield. It was reportedly targeting an IS tunnel network in the region.