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Taliban reject New York Times report on suicide attacks

Taliban reject New York Times report on suicide attacks

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:18

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon on Thursday rejected a US media report, saying the militant movement has banned for the first time suicide attacks on civilians. 

A day earlier, The New York Times reported the change in tactics came after a ceasefire between the Afghan government and Taliban expired on June 17.

In its latest report this week, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon said Afghan civilian casualties hit a record high in the last six months.

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, was quoted as saying the insurgents had been ordered to stop suicide attacks in cities that might cause civilian casualties.

When approached for comments on the issue by Pajhwok Afghan News, Mujahid denied speaking to The New York Times.

In the NYT report, presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazavi said after the ceasefire Taliban attacks in cities had decreased.


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