Afghan civilians killed in rocket attack in eastern province

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KABUL, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) — Seven Afghan civilians were killed and nine people were wounded Saturday evening when a rocket fired by Taliban hit a bazaar in the country’s eastern province of Nuristan, said the Interior Ministry Sunday morning.

“Seven civilians were killed and seven civilians and two policemen were wounded as a rocket fired by the Taliban terrorists struck the Duhab district bazaar of Nuristan province at round 4: 15 p.m. (local time) Saturday,” the ministry said in a statement.

Describing the attack as a coward act, the ministry strongly condemned the incident.
In addition, the militants killed two children aging 8 and 10 in neighboring Kunar province, the provincial police chief said earlier on Sunday.

“The innocent children named Tahib and Saraj were kidnapped by the militants a couple of days ago in Maidan village of Wata Pur district but their bodies were found by police near the same area overnight,” Habibullah Sayyedkhili told Xinhua.

Locals said the children were killed by the Taliban who accused them for spying to the government and foreign troops. However, Sayyedkhili said children were taking their cattle to sell in a local market when the militants kidnapped them.

More than 1,300 Afghan civilians were killed and over 2,500 injured in conflict-related violence in the first half of this year, a 23 percent rise in overall civilian casualties compared with last year, the UN Assistance Mission in the country reported recently. The Taliban were blamed for majority of the deaths and injuries.


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