• publish: 21 May 2018
  • time: 11:46 am
  • category: Security&Crime
  • No: 6814
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Taliban urges civilians to stay away from security institutions in coming days

The Taliban group has threatened to carry out attacks on security institutions in Kabul as part of their spring offensive, urging the civilians to stay away from such compounds amid growing criticisms that such attacks mostly lead to civilian casualties.

The group issued a statement claiming that the civilian casualties’ rate has dropped significantly during the attacks carried out by the group.

However, the group admits that the attacks in Kabul cause civilian casualties, accusing the government and security institutions for using the civilians as human shields by establishing compounds in civilian frequented areas.

Taliban in its statement stated that the group has plans to carry out attacks on security institutions as part of their spring offensive and urged the residents of the city to cooperate and stay away from such compounds.

The latest Taliban claims regarding the reducing civilian casualties and adopting necessary precautions to prevent civilian deaths are following the growing criticisms that the majority of civilian deaths are caused in Taliban attacks, particularly in suicide and roadside bombings.

A total of 10,453 civilian casualties – 3,438 people killed and 7,015 injured – were documented in the 2017 Annual Report released last month by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office.

The report further added that the high number of casualties to the civilians were inflicted by suicide bombings and other attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to Khaama press.

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