Afghan gov’t airstrikes kill 2 children, officials say

DE-HAJI, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan government helicopters killed two children, ages 10 and 12, and left at least two children wounded and two others missing after bombarding a village in the eastern Ghazni province, officials and local witnesses said Tuesday

The fighting comes as Afghan government representatives and the Taliban are holding face-to-face talks in Qatar for the first time, in an effort to end the country’s decades-long war.

There has been a sharp rise in violence this year and a surge of attacks by the Taliban against Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces since the start of peace talks in September, in addition to deadly attacks last month claimed by Islamic State militants.

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