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6,487 civilians suffer casualties in six months: AIHRC

21 Oct 2019 - 13:33
21 Oct 2019 - 13:33

KABUL Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) says 6,489 people have been killed and wounded in Afghanistan this year so far, asking both the warring sides to ensure protection of civilians.

Addressing reporters here, AIHRC deputy head Mohammad Naeem Nazari told Pajhwok Afghan News that the year saw 1,611 people losing their lives and 4,876 others suffering wounds in Afghanistan during the first six months of the ongoing solar year.

The casualties include 4,176 men, 576 women, 1,634 children while 101 others could not be identified.

Nazari said casualty figure of the first six months of this year was eight percent higher than in the corresponding period of last year.

According to Nazari, the Taliban forces one percent by as a result of artillery shelling in Kunar province. Forces behind another 10 percent casualty could not be ascertained.

Continued traditional form of fighting, misuse of military equipment, expansion of battles to populated areas were cited reasons behind the growing casualties in the AIHRC report.

The report asked both sides to the conflict to respect human rights, observe ceasefire and kick start intra Afghan talks.

The AIHRC also asked the Taliban not to attack state infrastructure and electricity pylons.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the AIHRC report that accused them of causing 70 percent casualties.

Mujahid said government forces and foreign troops inflicted massive casualties on civilians during their operations and raids.

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