CPAG: 592 dead, injured in insurgency incidents

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: As many as 228 people were killed and 364 more wounded in hostile attacks in Afghanistan in the first month of the current year, CPAG reported.

According to Civilian Protection Advocacy Group (CPAG), the January 2018 proved to be the deadliest and bloodiest month for the residents of Kabul province in which 337 civilians, including women and children, were killed and wounded.

It said majority of the victims of suicide bombing claimed by Taliban were civilians. “Civilians also suffered casualties in 18 other provinces of the country such as Heart, Ghazni, Farah, Kunuz and Jawzjan as a result of ground military offensive, airstrikes and landmines,” the report said.

“In addition, suicide attacks, airstrikes, landing of mortar shells, rockets and targeted attacks have been other reasons behind last month casualties,” it added.

Expressing concern over the surge in civilian casualties and suicide attacks by armed groups in cities, the CPAG feared that the coming months could prove more dangerous if the government fails to take immediate and professional steps establishment of security in the country.

The CPAG termed the recent attacks by the Taliban un-Islamic, saying Islam considered the murder of innocent human being Haram and prohibited such act.

“All armed groups are reminded here to stop their activities in cities and residential areas,” it said, adding the CPAG believed that militants had no clear definition for civilians and public institutions and people had no other option but to stand against armed groups for their protection.