Taliban Denies Roadside Bombs Cause Most Afghan Deaths
October 21, 2012
The Taliban has rejected a UN report that said roadside bombs were causing most of the civilian casualties in Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said on October 21 that the group only used roadside bombs to target foreign and Afghan security forces.
On October 20, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urged the militants to end the use of roadside bombs, or improvised explosive devices (IEDs), saying they had killed 340 over the past nine months, an increase of almost 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.
The report added that the insurgents' homemade bombs continued to be "by far the biggest killer of civilians."
The UN report came a day after 19 civilians died when their bus struck a mine in the northern Balkh Province.
Based on reporting by AP and the Afghan Islamic Press
Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.
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