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.”