Most of the victims of the airstrikes were civilians, according to reports in Afghan media. Visuals shared by an Afghan journalist showed several corpses placed on cots. The journalist, Habib Khan, claimed that “around 30 civilians, including children” were killed in Pakistani airstrikes in Khost.
“Our drones have been targeting TTP (militant outfit Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan) in the recent past,” a source in Islamabad familiar with the development told The New Indian.
A tribal leader from Waziristan who lives in Khost also told TOLOnews that aircraft of Pakistani forces targeted migrant camps in the area, killing or wounding at least 30 people.
Five people were killed in the airstrikes by Pakistani forces in Kunar province, eyewitnesses confirmed to TOLOnews.
The governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan so far have not commented on the airstrikes.
“Islamabad had issued a demarche to Kabul asking it to rein in terrorists using its soil against Pakistan,” a former military official of the Pakistani Army told The New Indian.
Seven Pakistani security personnel lost their lives when terrorists ambushed a military convoy near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Isham area of North Waziristan in Pakistan on Thursday. In retaliatory firing, four militants were also killed, the Pakistan army’s public relations wing informed on Friday.
“We lost 7 soldiers yesterday. Border skirmishes are being reported. Issue is TTP and border fencing. No confirmation of Taliban involvement,” the former military official told The New Indian.