November 23, 2014

Taliban dismiss UN report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan

By Mirwais Adeel - Thu Feb 21 2013, 1:09 pm

Taliban behind Wardak bombingTaliban militants group following a letter to United Nations dismissed its recent report on civilians casualties and called it baseless.

This comes as United Nations following a report announced that the civilians casualties had dropped by 12% in 2012.

According to UN at least 2,754 civilians were killed and 4,805 others were injured where militants were blamed for 81% of the civilians casualties.

UN in its report said only 8% of the casualties were incurred during the security forces operations while 11% other civilian casualties were unknown.

According to the report militants caused around 2,179 civilian deaths and injured 3,952 others due to imporvised explosive device attacks which shows an increase of 9% as compared to 2011.

In the meantime UN in its report blamed security forces for 316 civilian deaths and 271 injuries of the civilians during the operations which shows a decrease of 46%.

Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid criticized United Nations for its report and blamed UN for not disclosing further information to prove its claims.

Zabiullah Mujahid blaming majority of the civilian casualties to Afghan and NATO troops operations and airstrikes said majority of the roadside bombs were planted by Afghan security forces in a bid to defame the Taliban group.

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