Kabul, Afghanistan — After a day of work, Zemari Ahmadi arrived at his home in Khwaja Burgha, a working-class community a few miles west of Kabul Airport, when disaster struck.
Ahmad’s Toyota Corolla was surrounded by children as he pulled into his driveway at 4:30pm. Falzad, his 12-year-old son, asked Ahmadi if he would park. Ahmadi accepted, and Farzad sat in the driver’s chair. Then, Ahmadi turned to the passenger seat.
According to the family, the missile came from an American drone that was nearby. It passed through the car and crashed into the ground. Then it detonated.
Ahmad’s brother Emar stated that 10 people died in an instant. This included 7 children. Ahmadi, 40 years old, was among the victims. His family said that he worked for a charity in Southern California. A niece of 25 years who is about for marriage; and five children, all under 5.
Corolla had left a pile containing molten plastic and blackened metal pieces, which was evident in the driveway. A hole is found near the passenger’s side, through which the projectile can pass. Two Los Angeles Times reporters visited this site and examined metal fragments that matched a specific type of missile.
The US military claimed that on Sunday they launched a drone assault, which destroyed a car with explosives and suicide bombers. It was headed to Kabul Airport. More than 180 people were killed in the terrorist attack that occurred on Thursday, which included 13 American service personnel.
Monday’s drone attack and the explosion that killed Ahmadi’s vehicle were still not clear. The spokesperson for the US Central Command and US Navy Captain Bill Urban claimed that the drone attack had successfully reached its target, and that no civilian casualties were reported.
Urban stated that the Pentagon was aware of reports of civilian casualties, and that they were investigating. Urban stated that he was deeply disturbed by the loss of innocent civilian lives.
He stated that the US strike “undermined ISIS-K’s imminent threat”, referring specifically to the Afghan branch the radical Islamic State group. The Pentagon claimed that the strike killed the “facilitators and “planners” involved in the bombing attack.
Urban said that Sunday’s drone strike had a strong second explosion, which he said indicated a large amount of explosives in the target vehicle. Urban said that secondary explosions could have led to additional casualties.
Major General William “Hank” Taylor, a major general in Washington, reiterated Monday’s Pentagon statement that the drone strike “successfully struck” the target. Taylor stated that “We are aware” of reports of civilian casualties. Taylor added that they continue to assess the situation.
He said, “This attack prevented high profile attacks on coalition and U.S. troops and Afghan civilians.” “Decided and stopped that attack.”