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At least 30 civilians killed in air strike near pine nut field in eastern Afghanistan

At least thirty have been killed in a overnight in the eastern Afghan province of , local officials said Thursday. "The strike was supposed to target Daesh fighters, but it mistakenly hit the civilians," said Nangarhar police spokesman Mubarez Atal.

At least 30 civilians were killed and 40 injured in an air strike conducted by the Afghan security forces, backed by U.S. air support, in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday.

The attack, on Wednesday night was aimed at destroying a hideout used by Daesh militants, but it accidentally targeted farmers near a field in Wazir Tangi area of Khogyani district in province, three government officials told Reuters.

Sohrab Qaderi, a provincial council member in eastern Nangarhar province said a drone strike killed 30 workers in a pine nut field and at least 40 others were injured.

The defence ministry in Kabul confirmed the strike conducted by Afghan and U.S. forces was aimed at fighters belonging to the Daesh, but refused to share details of casualty caused by the attack.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar confirmed the air strike. "The government is investigating the incident, so far nine bodies were collected from the attack site near a ."

in Kabul were not immediately available for a comment.

Malik Rahat Gul, a tribal elder in Wazir Tangi said the air strike happened at a time when tired workers, mainly daily wage earners, had gathered near their tent after harvesting pine nuts in a field nearby.

"The workers had lit a bonfire and were sitting together when a drone targeted them," said Gul.

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