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Three civilians killed in fighting between security forces and Taliban in Logar

By Khaama Press - Sat Oct 10 2015, 11:35 am

TalibanThree civilians have been killed in fighting between security forces and Taliban militants in southern part of Logar province.

Governor of Logar province told Associated Press (AP) that Afghan troops were conducting a military operation near a mosque in Baraki Barak District when they came under Taliban ambush on Friday.

Halim Fidai said that civilians who had gathered at the mosque to cook a charity meal were caught in the crossfire.

Three of them got killed and four others wounded during the clash, he added.

Fidai said those wounded were sent to Kabul for treatment. It is still unknown whether civilians were harmed by gun shots of security forces or Taliban.

Taliban have ramped up their activities against security forces but most of their attacks end up in civilian casualties.

A report published by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in August indicates that civilian casualties remain at record in the first half of 2015.

According to the report– 2015 Midyear Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, there were 4,921 civilian casualties from January to June in Afghanistan, 1,592 deaths and 3,329 people wounded.

The report suggests that about 90 % of these casualties were caused by  ground engagements, improvised explosive devices, complex and suicide attacks and targeted killings, 70 percent of it being attributed to Taliban and other opposing groups.

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