MoI Says Taliban Attacks Kill Over 1,000 Civilians

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday said that over 1,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in attacks by the Taliban over the last two-plus months.

In the past 70 days, the Taliban killed 387 civilians while wounding 590 and abducting 200 others, Tariq Aryan, Interior Ministry spokesman, told a press conference in the capital Kabul.

“In response to these attacks, Afghan forces while maintaining a posture of defensive offense killed around 1,400 Taliban,” he added.

The news follows the top US envoy urging the warring parties once again to reduce violence and ultimately reach a ceasefire.

In a series of tweets, Zalmay Khalilzad said the violence from the Taliban has generated a violent response from government forces resulting in “escalatory cycle,” which he described as “complex but inarguably a negative trend that must be reversed.”

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