Afghan air raid killed children, adults

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A bombing inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more, Afghan officials said.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan reported on Monday that the raid on April 2nd hit a religious ceremony at an Islamic school in the northern province of Kunduz.

The report said that the Quran recitation graduation ceremony was "widely publicized and known", and the crowd was made up primarily of civilians, "many of whom were children, many under the age of 10".

Afghan military helicopters fired rockets and heavy machine-guns.

The report says 71 people were injured in the attack, including 51 children.

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Responding to the reports of abduction, India has said that it is aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province and that the Indian government is in touch with Afghan authorities.

Last month, the Afghan government said the attack was meant to hit members of a senior leadership group based in the Pakistani city of Quetta, who it said were in the area.

Civilians have been killed during attacks by the Taliban and operations by Afghan government and usa forces in recent years.

The UN says it can not confirm whether those killed were civilians, or whether the Taliban were present.

The UN had expressed concern over the high number of casualties from air attacks even before the Dasht-e Archi incident, with 67 deaths and 75 injuries in the first three months to the end of March.

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