The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan (MoD) slammed the Taliban group for the baseless claims the group has made in its latest report, covering the group’s insurgency activities and civilian casualties.
MoD spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri said the Taliban group has made confessions to its savagery and slavery with baseless and false claims in its new annual report.
Gen. Waziri further added that the report has been prepared in a bid to appease the group’s masters by disclosing a list of the destructive activities the group has carried out in the past one year and has killed hundreds of ordinary civilians in a bid to have some further financial gains.
According to Gen. Waziri, by issuing the new report, the Taliban group has confessed that it has carried out numerous attacks on civilians, in cities, markets, hospitals, schools, mosques, civilian organizations and security posts in 2017.
The Taliban in its report has claimed that the group has carried out 48 suicide attacks in 2017 and 1643 civilians have been killed and 1976 others have been wounded.
Taliban has attributed the 72 percent of the cause of casualties to Afghan and foreign forces, 18 to ISIS, and 10 to Taliban insurgents.
However, Gen. Waziri called the claims by the Taliban group as baseless and accused the group of taking shelters in civilian homes and using civilians as human shields, insisting that the leadership of the ministry of defense takes necessary precautions to ensure the civilians are not harmed during the operations.
Gen. Waziri also added that the Afghan security forces conduct their operations in civilian areas in a very slow manner in order to prevent the losses to the ordinary people.
He slammed the Taliban group for remaining reckless regarding the civilian lives and accused them of having no mercy on elders, women, and children while conducting their insurgency.