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U.S. airstrike target Taliban’s IED factory in Paktia province

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The U.S. forces in Afghanistan have carried out an airstrike on Taliban factory which was used to manufacture improvised explosive devices, the local officials said.

The provincial government media office in a statement said late on Monday that the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Mamozai the airstrikes. area of Zurmat district.

The statement further added that the IED manucfacturing factory was destroyed and two militants were killed during

According to the provincial government, the two militants killed in the airstrike were IED experts and were identified as Hekmatullah and Hamas.

Hundreds of kilograms of explosives, equipments, and spares used in landmines were destroyed during the airstrike, 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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