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Taliban violence damaging hopes for intra-Afghan talks

Taliban violence damaging hopes for intra-Afghan talks

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Jul 12, 2020 - 14:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Sunday said the increased Talibaninfo-icon’s violence was damaging the Afghans’ and international community’s hopes for intra-Afghan talks.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Presidential Palace, wrote in his twitter account that the Taliban militants had increased their violence and civilians were killed and wounded in their attacks on security forces.

He said the Taliban had started a targeted killing spree by attacking government employees across the country.

He said the increased violence shattered the hopes of Afghans and international community for conduct of intra-Afghan talks.

The presidential spokesman called on the Taliban to bring their ongoing violence to an end and take real steps towards peac.

National Security Council (NSC) said on Saturday that 23 civilians were and 45 others wounded as a result of Taliban attacks last week in 16 provinces.

The insurgents inflicted casualties on 68 civilians during the week. Roadside bombings, targeted killings and direct fire were major causes of civilian casualties, the NSC said in a statement.

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