USA drone strike kills 30, injures 40 in Afghanistan

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

"We are aware of allegations of the death of non-combatants and are working with officials to determine the facts".

Many more people are believed to be missing.

The six-month-old had been brought to the hospital for vaccination by his mother, who had "sustained serious injuries", Gul Islam, spokesman for the provincial governor, told Anadolu Agency.

But according to Zaman the local residents had provided prior notice to the local authorities that they would be collecting dried fruit.

The insurgents have been conducting attacks nearly daily throughout the country since President Donald Trump abruptly halted peace talks with the Taliban this month.

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Meanwhile in southern Zabul province, Governor Rahmatullah Yarmal said the death toll was 20 with numerous 97 injured in critical condition. In what has been a deadly morning for Afghanistan, a suicide truck bomb killed at least 20 people in Zabul.

Windows in his home almost two kilometers (over one mile) away were shattered by the blast, he said.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahed, said in a tweet the target was a nearby intelligence office, which he claimed was destroyed and "tens of intelligence operatives killed/wounded".

"It was horrific", said university student Atif Baloch, who saw women and children being dragged away from the scene by rescuers.

"Twenty bodies and 95 wounded people had been evacuated from the blast site", said Haji Atta Jan Haqbayan, a member of the provincial council in Qalat.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the recent escalation of violence, saying that "through these attacks, the Taliban demonstrate blatant disregard for the people and institutions of Afghanistan".

The Taliban, who have been carrying out almost daily attacks following the collapse of negotiations with Washington, have also sought to disrupt preparations for the 28 September Afghan presidential election by conducting suicide bombings at campaign rallies both in Parwan Province and in Kabul on 17 September.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted an intelligence service building in the city of Qalat.

There are frequent clashes between ISIS and the Afghan Taliban in the region.

Karzai was speaking to local reporters invited to his home in the Afghan capital.

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About 14,000 USA troops are in Afghanistan, training and advising Afghan security forces and conducting counter-insurgency operations against ISIS and the Taleban movement.

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