Over 100 Civilians, Muslims Killed, Injured in Two Days in ‘Liberated’ Afghanistan

Human Wrongs Watch

14 July 2015 – Offering deep condolences to the victims’ families and a speedy recovery for those injured in the latest attack in Afghanistan targeting civilians, the top United Nations official in the country, Nicholas Haysom, condemned the attack, which targeted people gathered for Iftar at the Grand Mosque in Pul-e-Khomri, in the northern Baghlan province.

A mosque in Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA/Penelope Faschingeder (file)

According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which Haysom heads, an improvised explosive device planted at the mosque detonated during a Government-planned dinner for 500 people – arranged to distribute oil and rice to the poorest families of the city – wounding more than 40 civilians, many critically.

In a statement issued from Kabul, Haysom underscored, that an attack deliberately targeting families, colleagues and friends praying together in a mosque “is another horrific example of the conflict in Afghanistan. Such attacks highlight the perpetrators’ intent to destroy lives, and spread terror among the civilian population.”

“The cold statistics of civilian casualties do not adequately capture the horror of the bombs – the torn bodies of children, wives and daughters, sons and fathers.

[They] do not reveal the grieving families and the loss of shocked communities of ordinary Afghans…which are the real consequences of those acts of terror,” he declared.

“This cynical act of terror is a particularly cowardly act. It is an attack bereft of humanity, in violation of national and international law, and is contrary to the precepts and principles of Islam,” Haysom added.

With more than 100 civilians injured or killed in the past two days, Haysom reiterated UNAMA’s repeated calls for the immediate cessation of attacks targeting civilians, stressing “The perpetrators of this war crime must be held accountable.” (Source: UN).

The conflict in Afghanistan is resulting in thousands of people being killed or wounded, forcing families to leave their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring communities, according to Mark Bowden, the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative in the country.

“As of 30 April, 1,989 Afghans were injured as a result of the conflict and 978 Afghan civilians killed, throughout the country,” Bowden said on 8 June 2015, noting that the number of wounded at the Emergency Hospital in Kabul illustrates the devastating impact of the conflict.

“The doctors there told me that they are seeing a 50 per cent increase in the number of civilians injured this year compared to the same period last year,” he noted.


2015 Human Wrongs Watch

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