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136 Civilians Killed in One Month: Human Rights Commission

18 Feb 2020 Tolo News

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Tuesday said that at least 136 civilians were killed in the country as a result of war or other kinds of violence in the past one month.

The human rights commission blamed the Taliban for 50 percent of the fatalities and said that the Afghan government forces also caused 25 percent of the casualties.

According to the the human rights commission, 69 civilians were killed by Taliban attacks, 36 civilians were killed during attacks by the Afghan government forces and their foreign counterparts, and another 31 civilians were killed in other violence-related incidents.

“The 136 people that we have recorded in the past one month--this figure might be very small and there might be more casualties,” said Mohammad Naeem Nazari, the deputy head of the human rights commission.

Meanwhile, residents in the Maidan Wardak province also raised deep concerns over what they described as the rising number of civilian casualties in the country.

“This is not only an issue in Wardak, we had similar incidents in Nimroz, Kunduz and Paktia provinces too,” said Akhtar Mohammad Tahiri, the head of the Maidan Wardak provincial council.

Residents also blasted the warring factions for not addressing the issue of civilian casualties.

“Today, in this so-called democracy, there are four governments in the country: the government of the foreigners, the government of the Taliban and another government that is called the National Unity Government, it is also combined of two governments,” said Sayed Rahim Sattar, the head of Maidan Wardak's tribal council.

“Those who say that we are targeted by mistake, at least they should compensate the victims based on their legal and judicial system,” said Abdul Baqi Mateen, a resident in Maidan Wardak.

The Taliban have rejected the human rights commission’s statement about the casualties.

This comes after a statement made on January 27 by the human rights commission that said that 485 civilians were killed, and 265 others were wounded, in pro-government forces' airstrikes in the past 12 months.

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