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HIA condemns civilian deaths

HIA condemns civilian deaths

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Feb 23, 2011 - 12:23

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA), led by former prime minister Gulbadin Hekmatyar, condemned on Wednesday civilian killings during recent attacks in Afghanistan.

The HIA, Afghanistan's third largest rebel group, and its leader Hekmatyar vehemently denounced the assaults, which resulted in the killing of ordinary people, said its representative in Europe, Qarib Rahman Sayed.

"I consider recent attacks on a branch of Kabul Bank in Nangarhar, Kunduz, Kabul and other places against Islamic teachings, and condemn them in the strongest terms," Sayed said in a statement, mailed to Pajhwok Afghan News.

In a message, Hekmatyar also directed his followers to do all they could to spare civilians and avoid damage to national institutions, he said, adding that such attacks paved the ground for a long-term foreign military presence.

"Don't follow fatwas (decrees issued by religious scholars) regarding suicide attacks that result in the killing of ordinary people," he quoted Hekmatyar telling his loyalists. The party chief instructed his fighters to continue the war against foreign soldiers.

More than 250 people were killed and wounded in last month's attacks that took place in Kabul, Khost, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Kandahar and Kunar provinces. Kunar officials say NATOinfo-icon-led soldiers killed 64 civilians in an airstrike in Ghaziabad district last week.

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