• publish: 10 September 2020
  • time: 4:42 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 15276

On increased number of roadside bombs, defense ministry calls out Taliban

Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said Thursday the Taliban had carried out 368 attacks in 22 provinces last week.

He said at least 49 civilians had been killed in these attacks and that dozens more had been wounded. 

These figures do not however reflect Wednesday’s explosion in Kabul that targeted Vice President Amrullah Saleh’s convoy – killing at least 10 people. 

The Ministry of Defense meanwhile tweeted Thursday that the Afghan National Army had in the past few days safely defused dozens of IEDs planted by the Taliban, intending to kill civilians. 

In one Twitter post, the MoD said the Taliban “have increased planting explosives and IEDs on public roads to kill innocent people.”

On Wednesday alone, the Afghan National Army (ANA) defused 29 IEDs in Mawand district of Kandahar province. 

Another 22 IEDs planted by the Taliban on public roads in Nahresaraj and Nadali districts of Helmand province were also discovered and defused. 

“The IEDs were intended to kill civilians. TB’s explosive inflict heavy casualties on civilians, while ANDSF risk their lives to protect Afghans,” the MoD stated.

In another incident, a “large IED on a public road” in Sancharak district of Sar-e-Pul province was detected and defused on Wednesday and a further 10 were found in two districts in Farah province. 

All were found on public roads and “intended to kill civilians”, said the MoD. 

These reports reflect findings by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan, which highlights serious conflict across the country in the past week. 

In their weekly update Wednesday night, UNOCHA stated that 78,610 people had been displaced by conflict in the north-east in the past week. 

Fighting resulted in the deaths of at least 11 civilians in Kunduz alone. 

To date, the clashes in Kunduz have resulted in the displacement of an estimated 10,730 families (approximately 75,110 people). 

Hundreds more have been displaced due to fighting In Takhar province, Badakhshan, and Baghlan. 

In the eastern part of the country, fighting displaced 4,634 people and the security situation remained volatile in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces.

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