December 13, 2018
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13 family members of a Taliban commander killed, wounded in premature IED blast

By Khaama Press - Mon Aug 06 2018, 3:32 pm

At least 13 family members of the Taliban commander were killed or wounded in a premature blast triggered by an improvised explosive device in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the incident took place on Sunday afternoon in the vicinity of Garamser district.

The statement further added that the incident took place in Shamal area of the district inside the house of a Taliban commander identified as Baran who was also killed in the explosion.

According to the provincial government, the Taliban commander was busy making improvised explosive devices when the incident took place, leaving himself dead along with two other family members.

At least eleven others including seven children and four women also sustained critical wounds in the explosion, the provincial government added.

Taliban and other militants often use IED as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government but in majority of such attacks ordinary civilians are targeted, besides such attacks often claims the lives of the militants as well.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its latest report stated that 1,692 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018.

According to UNAMA, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in attacks by Anti-Government Elements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties.

“The combined use of suicide and non-suicide IEDs caused nearly half of all civilian casualties. Continuing trends first documented last year by UNAMA, the majority of IED casualties were caused by suicide and complex attacks, which again were responsible for record high civilian casualties, resulting in 1,413 civilian casualties (427 deaths and 986 injured), a 22 per cent increase,” UNAMA said.

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