EFSAS comments on intensified violence by the Taliban and its ramifications
According to the Afghan Interior Ministry, on the same day as the attack in Aybak the Taliban also carried out 30 separate ground assaults and bombings in 17 Afghan provinces, killing 19 people. The previous day, 12 July, there were 44 attacks or bombings in 21 provinces in which a total of 21 security officials were killed. Of particular concern was the high rate of civilian casualties in these Taliban attacks. TheAfghan Independent Human Rights Commission informed that the first six months of this year had seen 1,213 civilians killed and 1,744 injured in conflict incidents, with the Taliban being responsible for the vast majority of the casualties.