Afghan Taliban launch simultaneous attacks across 9 provinces in Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban launch simultaneous attacks across 9 provinces in Afghanistan

At least nine provinces in Afghanistan have witnessed targeted attacks, explosions and violent criminal acts in the past 48 hours, according to the statistics received by TOLOnews.

The numbers show that at least 14 people were killed and 33 more wounded as a result of these attacks and acts of violence.

Military analysts believe that the lack of coordination between the security agencies has been the key factor behind a dramatic surge in the number of targeted killings.

But the Afghan Ministry of Interior has said that the security institutions are working hard to improve the situation.

Kabul, Kapisa, Helmand, Logar, Farah, Herat, Uruzgan, Baghlan and Ghazni are among the provinces where targeted killings and explosions took the lives of at least 14 people.

“The assassinations took place inside cities, sometimes these things happen even 10 to 20 meters away from the checkpoints, this has sparked a strong fear among the people,” said Ehsanullah, a resident in Helmand.

“If the security agencies are not able to maintain security for the public, then it is better for the people to stay in their homes. We are very concerned about these issues,” said Ziaulhaq, a resident in Kabul.

According to the numbers, two people were killed in Kabul and 15 more wounded. One of the victims was killed by unknown armed men while another was killed in an IED blast.

In Helmand, the district governor in Washir was killed and three more were wounded in a targeted killing.

In Logar, two members of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) were killed. In Parwan, a tribal elder was killed.

In Farah, a police officer was killed and in Kapisa province three civilians were killed by unknown armed men.

In Herat, a member of the security forces was killed by unknown armed men. In Ghazni and Herat provinces, five people were wounded in separate incidents of violence perpetrated by unknown armed men.

“They (officials) don’t have the courage, otherwise the people would not be roasted in the flames of war,” said Mir Jan, a resident in Kabul.

“Assassinations and targeted murders have increased in Afghanistan, the people want security,” said Afghan Yar, a resident in Kabul.

In Uruzgan, eleven people were wounded in an explosion including local journalist Shah Mohammad Hamdard.

In Baghlan, a commander of the local uprising force was killed in a landmine explosion and one of his guards was wounded.

“Two of them were policemen, there were civilians, too--including two children,” said Mohammad Omar Sherzad, the governor of Uruzgan.

What is the key factor behind the surge in targeted attacks?

“When there is no unified stance, when there is no purpose for an institution, when the duty is not carried out in a proper way, then it is certain the enemy will infiltrate,” said military analyst Atiqullah Amarkhel.

“The Taliban are behind the terrorist attacks--and their ally networks. We arrested tens of terrorists in the recent months, there are members of the Taliban among them including Haqqani network members,” said Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior.