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Over 300 Civilians Killed in Afghanistan’s Western Region Last Year

Over 300 Civilians Killed in  Afghanistan’s Western Region Last Year

KABUL - More than 300 Afghan civilians were killed and over 390 others wounded in conflicts and terrorist attacks in the country's western region in 2020, the country's human rights commission confirmed on Tuesday.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) attributed 89 percent of civilians' casualties to the Taliban outfit while 11 percent of the fatalities were attributed to security forces and other pro-government armed forces.
"Some 315 civilians have been killed and 391 others wounded during armed conflicts and terrorist attacks in Herat, Badghis, Farah, Nimruz and Ghor provinces of Afghanistan's western zone," the commission said in a statement.
The Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of armed conflicts as more than 2,958 civilians were killed and over 5,542 others wounded due to fighting in the country in 2020, according to the figures of the commission.
In an unrelated incident, personnel of Afghan law enforcement agencies had busted an 11-member terrorist gang in Herat city, capital of Herat, provincial directorate of the country's National Directorate of Security (NDS) confirmed in a statement issued in Herat earlier on Tuesday.
The NDS personnel also confiscated nine rounds of silenced guns and pistols as well as three motorcycles and an explosive-packed tricycle among other items from the group.

The group also confessed involvement in a string of targeted killings and explosions in surrounding areas of Herat. (Xinhua)