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Dozens of civilians, including children, have been killed in an Afghan air attack on a gathering at a religious school in the northern province of Kunduz, eyewitnesses and an official said.

A religious school in the Dasht-e-Archi district of the Kunduz province was targeted by air raids late on Monday, resulting in the death of at least 70 people, including top Taliban commanders, a district official told Al Jazeera on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to media.

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Ministry of Defense spokesman, Mohammad Radmanish, told Al Jazeera that the air raid was aimed at “top Taliban commanders”.

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