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Taliban Commander blown up by own explosives in Nangarhar province

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A local Taliban Commander was blown up by own explosives in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the Afghan Military in East said Monday.

According to a statement released by 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military, the incident took place on Sunday in the vicinity of Ghani Khel district.

The statement further added that a local Taliban commander identified as Ahmadshah was transporting an improvised explosive device in a vehicle when the explosion took place.

The Taliban commander and his comrades were looking to plant the improvised explosive device on Jalalabad-Torkham highway, the 201st Silab Corps said, adding that two Commander Ahmadshah’s comrades were wounded in the explosion.

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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