Kabul: At least 250 civilians have been killed and over 500 have been wounded in attacks by the Taliban during Ramadan, said Interior Ministry spokesperson Tariq Arian on Tuesday.
On a day when Afghanistan was mourning the death of civilians who died in the school attack in Kabul, Arian said in a video message that the statistics comes from 15 reported suicide bombings and nearly 200 roadside and magnetic explosions.
According to him, recent attacks in Kabul and Logar provinces have also been carried out by Taliban fighters. On Saturday a car bomb exploded near the Sayyid al-Shuhada girls’ school in western Kabul, followed by two landmines. Eighty-five people were killed and nearly 150 were injured in the incident.
Last week, a car bomb exploded in Logar province, killing 24 people and injuring more than 110. The victims were civilian students.
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However, the Taliban has denied involvement in the attacks.
Meanwhile, after reviewing the increasing incidents of violence in Afghanistan, President Emomali Rahmon of neighboring Tajikistan, reportedly ordered heads of power-wielding structures of the country to strengthen Tajikistan’s common border with Afghanistan and take adequate measures to combat transnational organized crime, extremism, terrorism and drug trafficking.
In the meeting members of his government, senior representatives of the President’s Executive Office and other high-ranking officials were present, according to the Tajik president’s official website.
The Tajik leader had also raised concerns over the rising tensions in neighboring Afghanistan during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on May 8. On May 10, the Tajik leader also extended condolences to Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani over the deadly blasts in Kabul.