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Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Nangarhar Report: 700-plus Civilians Killed, Hurt in ’18

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Since the beginning of 2018, Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province has experienced more than 70 terror attacks, killing 260 and injuring over 500, according to an Afghan watchdog organization that monitors violence and civilian casualties around the country. A large number of those killings have been the result of suicide bombings.

In a report sent to VOA, the Civilian Protection and Advocacy Group (CPAG) said the province � birthplace of Islamic State’s Afghanistan branch � estimates more than 700 civilians and have been killed or injured.

“Suicide attacks are the No. 1 cause for these casualties and roadside bombings come in second,” Aziz Ahmad Tasal, director of the CPAG, told VOA. “The number of civilian casualties might be more than what has been recorded because some remote areas [in the province] are hard to reach.”

CPAG’s data cover terror attacks during a six-month period from January to July 2018.

Source: Voice of America

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