Afghanistan: Sources say two children killed in ‘drone strike’ in Khost

A house in Mandozai district, Khost province, which residents of the area say was targeted by a drone strike on May 16.

Sources from Khost province in the southeast of Afghanistan said that a “drone strike” targeted a house belonging to Mufti Farooq, a migrant from Waziristan, in Ibrahimkhil village, Ismail Khil Mandozai district in Khost, at around 3 am on Tuesday.

According to sources, two children were killed and two more, including a child and a young woman, were wounded in the strike.

Ismailkhil Mandozai district, also known as Mandozay district, is located in the central part of Khost province. It shares borders with Nadir Shah Kot district to the north and west, Khost (Matun) district to the east, Gurbuz district to the southwest and Tani District to the south. The district’s center is Dadwal Village.

Photos sent to Amu by residents of the village show two children who have died in the attack. Another photo shows a destroyed house that residents say has been targeted by a drone strike.


Taliban’s head of information and culture in Khost, Shabir Ahmad Osmani, did not confirm the airstrike but said that a blast has happened at the house and that a probe is underway into the incident.

Local residents said that the attack has been conducted by the Pakistani military which has started a campaign against Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) members who are hiding in areas along the Durand Line, including some parts of Afghanistan’s territory. Taliban has rejected TTP’s presence in Afghanistan.