UNAMA condemns Taliban attack on Logar judicial officials
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Sunday condemned a Taliban attack on a courthouse in the capital of central Logar province, in which seven civilians were killed and more than 20 injured.
Three armed Taliban entered the provincial judges’ and prosecutors’ compound in Pul-i-Alam and began shooting Afghan civilians, killing seven, including the chief provincial appeals prosecutor and a juvenile prosecutor.
The UNAMA in a statement said at least 23 others, including at least three judges and another prosecutor, were wounded in the attack claimed by the Taliban.
The mission said the incident represented a pattern of attacks that had intensified in severity and increased in frequency after last week’s attack on the provincial court compound in Ghazni city that killed four civilians and injured 15 others. The Taliban also claimed responsibility for that attack.
Since January 1 this year, UNAMA has verified 18 separate attacks targeting judges, prosecutors and judicial staff, which have resulted in 32 civilian deaths and 67 civilians injured. The Taliban claimed responsibility for 11 of these incidents.
“I condemn today’s attack and urge authorities to do everything in their power to ensure adequate protection of judicial officials and other civilians seeking access to judicial institutions,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA.
“Judicial officials and other civilians can never be considered combatants and thus should not be targeted,” the UN envoy stressed.
The UN mission reiterated that international humanitarian law, to which all parties to the armed conflict were bound, prohibited attacks directed against civilians and the use of indiscriminate violence.
UNAMA expressed its condolences to those who lost their loved ones in these attacks and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
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