U.S. denies that it killed at least 46 civilians in Aleppo mosque bombing

March 17, 2017, 4:42pm

Unidentified war planes struck a mosque on Thursday in al-Jinah village in western Aleppo, killing at least 46 people and injuring dozens more.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says around 300 people were attending evening prayers inside the mosque when the airstrike hit.

It’s currently unclear who carried out the airstrike, though local reports allege U.S. involvement. U.S. Central Command confirmed in a press release issued Friday that it carried out an airstrike in a nearby location at an al-Qaida meeting point in Idlib province, “killing several terrorists.”

When CentCom spokesman Col. John J. Thomas was asked by reporters whether U.S. forces inadvertently struck the Aleppo mosque, Thomas demurred, saying, “We are going to look into any allegations of civilian casualties in relation to this strike.”