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Taliban, ISAF blamed for civilian casualties

Taliban, ISAF blamed for civilian casualties

Feb 22, 2011 - 16:30

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): A human rights and civil societyinfo-icon activist strongly condemned on Tuesday civilian casualties at the hands of Talibaninfo-icon and foreign forces in eastern Afghanistaninfo-icon.

"If civilian killings continue unchecked, the current year will be the bloodiest for noncombatants," warned the Joint Centre for Human Rights and Civil Society head, Nimatullah Hamdard.

Over the past week, two incidents in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces have left about 200 people dead and wounded. An airstrike by NATOinfo-icon-led forces killed 64 people in Ghaziabad district of Kunar on Feb.21.

On Saturday, gunmen wearing army uniforms and suicide vests stormed a private bank in Jalalabad, killing 40 people and injuring 94 others.

Hamdard told a press conference in Jalalabad the assaults were against international law. "Every individual who is not involved in the ongoing conflict is civilian. We condemn the killing of civilians by the Taliban in Jalalabad and by NATO forces in Ghaziabad."

He said he feared 2011 could be the deadliest year for civilians. "Killing innocent people is un-Islamic, inhumane and against international law," he said, demanding a thorough investigation into the Kunar airstrike.


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