AN airstrike on an Afghan school has left at least 11 children dead, according to local reports.
The attack on the madrassa in the village of Hazara Qurluq in the northern Afghan province of Takhar left the children of the religious school dead along with their prayer leader.
However, the Afghan government has disputed this claim exclaiming the strike had actually killed 12 Taliban fighters in the village.
This latest strike comes after more than 30 security force members were killed during a major Taliban ambush in the province recently, in which local officials said 14 others were injured.
Abdul Awal, who was admitted to the hospital to seek treatment for his wounds, told the BBC that only he and children were in the mosque at the time of the strike.
The violence has worsened in Afganistan in recent weeks despite peace talks currently being held, as government forces and the Taliban continue to clash and claim the lives of helpless victims.
Our thought and prayers go out to the family and friends of those killed.
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