Hundreds of mourners gathered on Friday to bury victims of the airstrike, among which were many small children. Local officials claim the deaths were caused by NATO airstrikes.
"As part of an Afghan operation, friendly forces received direct fire and airstrikes were conducted to defend themselves," said Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, according to Reuters.
The deadly airstrike was followed by angry protests from civilians. Taza Gul, a 55-year-old laborer, told the BBC, "I am heartbroken. I have lost seven members of my family. I want to know, why these innocent children were killed? Were they Taliban? No, they were innocent children."
"Did you see which of those infants and children who were killed by the Americans were terrorists?"
"We will avenge our dead against the Americans and the government," he said.
Though air strikes have led to a 72-percent increase in civilian casualties in the period between January-September, with some 5,500 dead according to the UN, Afghan military officials see the US air power as critical support in their fight against the Taliban.