Friday, September 30, 2022

Afghan Government, Taliban blame each other for shell killing 7

By PTI

KABUL: A mortar shell hit a wedding ceremony in northern Afghanistan, killing at least seven people, mostly children, and injuring at least four others, a police spokesman said.

Taliban insurgents attacked a government security checkpoint in the Tagab district and one of their mortar shells hit a civilian house, Kapisa provincial police spokesman Shayeq Shoresh said on Sunday.

He said the attack happened the night before.

But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid accused the police in a tweet of firing several mortar shells at the civilian house and causing the loss.

Both the Taliban and government forces routinely accuse each other of attacks.

The assailants are rarely identified and the public is rarely informed about the results of the investigation into the many attacks in the capital.

The UN has repeatedly demanded that both sides take more measures to protect civilians.

In the first three months of this year, the UN mission in Afghanistan said 1,783 civilians had been killed or wounded in Afghanistan, an increase of 29 percent over the same period last year.

Recently, Afghan national defense and security forces and the Taliban have stepped up their operations against each other in most provinces in the country, where civilians are often trapped in the crossfire.

Meanwhile, in a statement Sunday, the Islamic State group claimed credit for a roadside bomb that struck a minivan full of university teachers and students in Kapisa on Saturday, killing at least four and wounding 11 others.

The militant group said in its statement that the minibus carried ?? Shiite apostasy.

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