9 family members killed in US attack in residential area of Kabul, eyewitnesses say
Nine members of a family were killed in a US drone attack on a vehicle in a residential neighborhood in Kabul, according to a relative of those killed.
Among those killed were six children, the youngest of whom was a 2-year-old girl, the brother of one of the dead told a local journalist who collaborates with CNN.
He said that the people killed were his brother Zamaray (40 years old), Naseer (30), Zameer (20), Faisal (10), Farzad (9), Armin (4), Benyamin (3), Ayat (2) and Sumaya (2).
The brother cried while telling the journalist that they were “a normal family.”
“We are not ISIS or Daesh and this was a family home, where my brothers lived with their families,” he said.
CNN obtained images of the aftermath of the attack. A US official confirmed the location in the Khaje Bughra neighborhood of Kabul. The US Central Command previously said it was evaluating the possibility of civilian casualties.
A man named Ahad, who claimed to be a neighbor of the family, told CNN: “All the neighbors tried to help and brought water to put out the fire and I saw that there were 5 or 6 people dead. The father of the family and another young man and there were two children. They were dead. They were devastated. There were (also) two wounded. “
Ahad told CNN that he had witnessed the airstrike around 5 p.m. local time as he was walking home. He said he heard the rocket noise and a loud bang, and ducked for cover, before trying to help rescue his neighbors. Ahad told CNN that two other people were injured in the attack.
The US military said in its statement that there were “major secondary explosions from the vehicle indicating the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material,” the spokesman said.
A local journalist who visited the scene shortly after the air raid told CNN that “I don’t know what material was in the car. The car was in very bad condition, only a skeleton of the car remained.”
The journalist (who remains anonymous for security reasons) was informed by the relatives of the deceased that there were two cars parked in the house: one was a Corona and the other a Camry.
The journalist stated that in one of the cars was one of the parents and their three children preparing to go to a family event.