2 civilians killed, 19 injured in Taliban mortar attack in Afghanistan

Source: Xinhua| 2018-05-09 14:24:00|Editor: Chengcheng
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JALALABAD, Afghanistan, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Two civilians were killed and 19 others injured in Taliban militants' mortar attack in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, the provincial government said Wednesday.

"The incident occurred in Hafiz Goddi area in Bati Kot district at round 05:30 p.m. local time Tuesday. All the injured were shifted to a main hospital in provincial capital Jalalabad city," it said in a statement.

Most of the wounded suffered from minor wounds.

The Taliban militants intensified attacks against security forces across the country after they launched a yearly rebel offensive on late April.

The Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of armed conflicts as more than 3,430 civilians were killed and over 7,000 others injured in conflict-related incidents in 2017, according to figures released by the United Nations mission in the country.

The mission has attributed 65 percent of the civilian casualties to the Taliban and other insurgent groups, 20 percent to security forces over the period while 11 percent were attributed to both sides during clashes and the rest 4 percent were caused by other reasons.