Afghan security forces have killed at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, in a night raid on insurgents, government officials said.
Soldiers mistook the group, who were in a car, them for Taliban trying to escape the area, a spokesman for the provincial governor told the Associated Press. Attahullah Khogyani said 10 militants were also killed in the attack in eastern Nangarhar province.
Villagers took the civilians’ bodies to the provincial capital, Jalalabad, to demand justice for their families, said Ajmal Omer, a member of the provincial council.
The deaths come after the UN revealed that pro-government forces had killed more civilians than insurgents .
It was the first time the Kabul administration and its allies had caused a majority of deaths since the started keeping records over a decade ago. Ashraf Ghani’s government by using people as human shields.
The head of the UN mission in said on Saturday that he was concerned about the heavy toll on civilians during the holy month of Ramadan and urged both sides to do more to protect them.
Airstrikes on anti-government targets have killed as many as 14 civilians in Helmand and eastern Kunar provinces in the past week, including eight children and four women.
The Taliban also killed six civilians and wounded 28 others in an attack on an aid group in Kabul during the first week of Ramadan. And officials are still investigating an attack on a mosque in the capital during Friday prayers that killed two, including a pro-government imam, and wounded 16.
“Deliberate and indiscriminate attacks against civilians can never be justified and amount to war crimes,” said UN envoy Tadamichi Yamamoto. “An attack in a mosque, especially at a time of prayer during Ramadan, is particularly heinous.”