Taliban condemns Pakistani airstrikes in Afghanistan, says 8 civilians killed

The Taliban condemned Pakistani airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, stating that the attacks resulted in the deaths of eight civilians, including five women and three children.

According to a Taliban statement, the airstrikes targeted residential areas in the Lamana locality of Spera district in Khost and the Barmal district of Paktika around 3 a.m. local time on Monday.

The statement detailed that six individuals lost their lives in Paktika and two more in Khost province.

The Taliban criticized the attacks as poorly considered and an invasion of Afghanistan’s territory.

“Pakistan should not blame Afghanistan for its inability to manage security incidents within its borders,” the statement read. It further asserted that Afghanistan would not permit its soil to be used against any nation’s security.

Pakistani media outlets report that the strikes aimed at members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Khost and Paktika provinces.