US drone strikes kill seven in eastern Afghanistan

The file photo shows a US Predator drone.

Two separate US drone attacks in the central-eastern region of Afghanistan have killed at least seven people, Press TV reports. 

The latest drone strikes were carried out against positions of the Taliban militant group in Daimard and Chak districts of Maidan Wardak Province during the late hours of Monday, local Afghan officials said on Tuesday.

Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for Wardak governor, claimed two senior militant commanders are among those killed in the attacks.

The Taliban militant group has not yet made any comments on the deadly incident.

In early August, local authorities said at least 75 people were killed when US drones pounded various districts of Nangarhar Province, which lies on the Afghan border with Pakistan.

The CIA spy agency regularly uses drones for airstrikes and spying missions in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, among other places.

Washington has been conducting targeted killings through the remotely-controlled armed drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

The US says the airstrikes target members of al-Qaeda and other militants, but according to local officials and witnesses, civilians have in most cases been the victims of the attacks.

The United Nations says the US drone attacks are “targeted killings” that flout international law.

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