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Targeted killings on the rise in Khost: UNAMA

Targeted killings on the rise in Khost: UNAMA

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Aug 03, 2017 - 18:01

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): UNAMA’s regional office in the southeastern zone has reported an increase in targeted killing involving unidentified armed in southeastern Khost province during the first six months of the year.

A statement from the UNAMA’s regional office in Gardez, the capital of Paktia, received by Pajhwok Afghan News said that at least 22 people were individually targeted in the capital of Khost and its districts in the first six months of 2017.

While more than a dozen (13) people were killed and nine others injured in insurgent attacks and the victims included tribal elders, government officials and other people.

“After suicide and bomb blasts, targeted killing is another form of violence”, the statement said.

UNAMA did not provide statistics about last year’s targeted killing cases in Khost, but said the number of such incidents increased this year in the province.

Meanwhile, Jawas Khan, a resident, told Pajhwok Afghan News that easy escape of target killers from security forces was a reason behind the increased such attacks.

“I have personally witnessed police searching a different area while the attackers escaped from another location,” he said.

He said there was no coordination among security forces, which paved the ground for such incidents.

However, Khost police chief Brig Gen Faizullah Ghairat rejected increase in targeted killings and said in some cases personal enmity was involved.

He said most of the perpetrators of targeted killings had been arrested, but he did not provide any figures.

 “Unfortunately some people are killed because of personal enmities, but many such incidents have been prevented,” he said.

Local residents said the motive behind targeted killings was to spread terror among people and disrupt normal life.

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