The remains of a two-year-old girl were identified by family members in Kabul today as the 10th person to die in the U.S. drone strike on Sunday, Omid Haqparast, a family member told CNN.
The remains of the young girl, named Malika, were found on Monday.
According to the family, Malika was missing after the airstrike. They went to several hospitals but could not find her. When they returned to the airstrike site, near their place of residence, they started searching again and found his remains at the scene – a day after the airstrike.
The United States carried out a defensive air strike in Kabul on Sunday, targeting a suspected ISIS-K suicide bomber who posed an “imminent” threat to the airport, the US central command said.
Haqparast told CNN it was not clear whether Malika was inside the vehicle or in the compound targeted by the drone on Sunday.
Relatives of the 10 victims spent Monday in a Kabul hospital to identify the remains and separate them in coffins.
Two of the coffins were named Malika and Sumaya. The two girls were two years old and were the youngest victims of Sunday’s airstrike, according to the family.
Funerals were held Monday for the 10 family members killed on Khawja Rawash hill. Family members shouted “Death to America” as they gathered around the coffins.
A little more background: The US strike came after two bombings Thursday outside Kabul airport that killed 13 US servicemen and at least 60 Afghans, according to the Pentagon and the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.
The deadly explosions came as the United States and other Western countries rushed to complete a mass evacuation of their Afghan citizens and allies following the Taliban takeover of the country.
The US military said in its statement on Sunday that there were “large secondary explosions from the vehicle indicating the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material.”
Major General Bill Taylor, deputy director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for regional operations, said Monday at a press briefing: “We are aware of reports of civilian casualties. We take these reports extremely seriously.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said on Monday that the United States was working hard to avoid civilian casualties.
“We are investigating this. I’m not going to get ahead. But if we have important and verifiable information that we have killed innocent people here, then we will be transparent about it as well. Nobody wants to see this happen, ”he said.
“But you know what else we didn’t want to happen. We did not want to see what we believe to be a very real, very specific and very imminent threat to Hamid Karzai International Airport and to our troops operating at the airport as well as to civilians around and in and out. that is another thing that preoccupied us a lot.