Violence continues to escalate in Afghanistan regardless of persevering with peace efforts with 573 Afghan civilians killed within the first quarter of the yr.
At the very least 14 folks have been killed in assaults throughout three Afghan provinces within the final 24 hours as violent battle continues within the nation regardless of persevering with peace efforts.
In capital Kabul, unknown gunmen killed 4 policemen, a college lecturer, and a authorities worker in three separate incidents, police spokesman Ferdows Faramarz stated on Saturday.
Two of the incidents occurred on Saturday whereas the third one befell on Friday night, in response to the police.
Focused killings are on the rise in Kabul the place safety forces, authorities staff, activists, and journalists are sometimes the targets.
There was no declare of duty for almost all of the assaults occurring within the Afghan capital.
Within the nation’s southeastern Ghazni province, at the least 4 civilians had been killed in a roadside bomb blast, native officers stated.
Two different civilians had been wounded when the bomb hit their car as they drove within the provincial capital, the governor’s spokesman Wahidullah Jumazada stated.
In southern Kandahar province, at the least 4 civilians had been killed on Friday afternoon and three wounded when one other roadside bomb in Arghandab district exploded, provincial police spokesman Jamal Barakzai informed ToloNews.
Native officers blamed the Taliban for the explosion, however no group has claimed duty.
Civilian casualties within the nation rose 29 p.c within the first quarter of the yr, the United Nations stated in a report final week, with 573 Afghan civilians killed and 1,210 wounded.
“Of specific concern is the 37 p.c enhance within the variety of ladies killed and injured, and a 23 p.c enhance in little one casualties in contrast with the primary quarter of 2020,” in response to the report.
The Taliban had earlier refused to attend any peace summits till all overseas forces had been pulled out of Afghanistan.
The Taliban and the US final yr agreed that each one overseas forces can be withdrawn from Afghanistan by Might 1, a date that was pushed again final week by US President Joe Biden.
The Taliban dominated Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, after they had been eliminated by US-led forces.
Since then, they’ve waged a long-running armed rebellion and nonetheless management swaths of territory.