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‘I had no courage to bury my sons with own hands’

Security & Crime




‘I had no courage to bury my sons with own hands’

Jun 14, 2016 - 17:21

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): A 70-year-old man, who lost his two sons to an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in western Herat province, says life has since been a burden and no one has assisted him during his life’s difficult days.

Rebel forces in Afghanistaninfo-icon started using the IEDs against former USSR forces who invaded the country in December, 1979.

And some three decades later, the devices became a weapon of choice for the Talibaninfo-icon insurgents against US and NATOinfo-icon forces who ousted the Taliban regime in 2001.

During these decades of war, the roadside bombs proved one of the leading causes of deaths among security forces and civilians in the country. Thousands of people have been killed and maimed by the homemade bombs.

Abdul Khaleq, a septuagenarian, lost his two sons, aged 13 and 14 years, to an IED blast six years ago.

Khaleq, a resident of Islam Qala of Kohsan district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the blast killed his sons in the district centre.

He said his sons accidently sat on the hidden bomb which went off killing the two on the spot while injuring his two relatives.

The elderly man said no government institution had come to his aid at the worst time of his life. Khaleq has seven daughters and he is in serious economic problems.

“I am a farmer and meet my family’s daily needs by cultivating crops. If my sons were alive today, we might not have been facing such problems,” he said. The father said he had no courage to bury his sons with his own hands.

Another person, Ghulam Farooq, also lost his 21-year-old son to a similar explosion.  “My son Sulaiman was traveling on a bus from Sangin district of Helmand to Herat when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle and he was killed,” the elderly father said.

Farooq’s face was expressing the entire story. He said the incident occurred three years back and now his three-year-old grandson was living without father.

Haji Adul Hakim, a local elder in the area, said a large number of civilians had fallen prey to roadside bombings in Islam Qala locality of the Kohsan district. Most of the incidents happened during the past 14 years, he added.

Hakim said: “Security forces are not concerned about people’s safety. Both Taliban and security personnel inflict casualties on local residents during their clashes and operations.”

Meanwhile, Herat police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi acknowledged the presence of landmines in Kohsan district. He said IEDs plantation became a tradition during the past three decades of war in the country and mostly civilians had suffered casualties in the blasts.


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