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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Airstrike kills 10 civilians in eastern Afghanistan

Officials say women and children were among those killed

 An injured boy receives treatment at a hospital after an airstrike in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. EPA/WATAN YAR
 An injured boy receives treatment at a hospital after an airstrike in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. EPA/WATAN YAR

Afghan officials say an air strike has killed at least 10 civilians in the eastern Paktia province bordering Pakistan.

Shausta Jan Ahady, a former provincial council member, says women and children were among those killed late on Saturday. He says local residents displayed the bodies and protested on Sunday.

Provincial government spokesman Abdullah Hsrat says the air strike killed four insurgents and that an investigation has been launched into the allegations of civilian casualties.

In a separate incident in the southern Helmand province, an air strike killed the Taliban's shadow governor and two of his guards, according to provincial government spokesman Omar Zwak.

There was no immediate comment from the Taliban, who control nearly half the country and run a parallel administration.

It was not immediately clear who carried out either airstrike.