AIHRC: During Peace Talks 19 Civilians Killed, 45 Wounded

Preliminary findings by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) released on Wednesday, show that in 10 clashes during the first week of the peace talks, warring parties killed 19 civilians and wounded 45 others.

The AIHRC report detailed 10 incidents from the start of the peace talks in Doha on Sep. 12 to Sep. 19, where 15 men, two women and two children were killed while 22 men, 17 children and six women were injured.

The commission said it was “deeply concerned about the continuing war and civilian casualties” in Afghanistan and “urged the Afghan government and the Taliban to agree to a full ceasefire as soon as possible so that no more lives and property of the innocent people are harmed.”

The incidents recorded in the report are:

According to the Kunduz regional AIHRC office, on Sep. 19, a Taliban base in Sayed Ramazan Nikapaye village of Khan Abad district was hit by an airstrike of the Afghan defence forces. The bomb also hit a residential home near the militant base where four civilians were killed and six were wounded.

The same evening, 20 civilians were killed and wounded when a tractor carrying a bridal procession, including women and children of the Kochi community, were killed in a roadside explosion in the Jani Khel district of Paktika. One woman was killed while 19 others were injured, of which 13 were children.

At around 5 p.m. on Sep. 18, unidentified gunmen also assassinated Ayub Gharwal, Deputy Chairman of the Paktia Provincial Council, while he was returning home from the university.

A 10-year-old girl was also killed and a woman was wounded when a Taliban rocket hit a civilian house in the Tajik village of Darah Sof district of Samangan on Sep 18.

Then on Sep. 17, the Taliban killed two civilians, a father and son, on their way from Mazar-i-Sharif to Balkh district of Balkh province.

At around 1:30 a.m. on Sep. 16, two civilians, including a woman who was the wife of the local Uprising Forces commander, were killed in a Taliban attack in the centre of Gizab district of Uruzgan.

On the evening of Sep. 14, a civilian was killed, and another was injured when a roadside bomb exploded in Qala-e-Naw in Badghis.

Two civilians were killed, and 12 others were wounded on Sep. 16 in a mine explosion in Takhar’s Kalfgan district centre.

A traffic policeman was assassinated in the Darb Kandahar area of Herat city on Sep. 14. He was shot by a motorcyclist who escaped and the case is still being investigated.

On Sep. 13, armed assailants opened fire on worshipers in a mosque near the shrine of Syed Murtaza in Jibreel township of Herat, where three civilians were killed and six others were injured.

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