Govt., Taliban lay blame for civilian casualties on each other


KABUL: The Afghan government and the Taliban insurgents condemn one another for inflicting casualties on Afghans in the unabated spate of violence in the country.

The Taliban militants have caused casualties to 863 civilians during their 2,000 nation-wide attacks in the past 50 days, Tariq Aryan, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI) claimed.

Almost 2,000 Taliban insurgents were also killed and wounded in security forces attacks, he added.

However, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, vehemently declined the allegations and stated that they only targeted government military facilities in the attacks.

Civilian casualties continue to occur as the negotiators of both the conflict parties are engaged in peace talks in Doha since Sept. 12.