Afghanistan: Civilians among dead in anti-Taliban Nangarhar raid

Three civilians were killed and two more were injured during an Afghan Special Forces anti-Taliban raid in the Lalpura district of eastern Nangarhar, on Saturday night. The victims were a family consisting of parents and three children. The mother and two of the children died whilst the father and daughter survived the raid with injuries. According to officials, two Taliban commanders were also... Еще killed and three more were injured during the incident. The injured girl described the experience; «I was sleeping when I heard gunfire. I was on my bed then I was injured and the soldiers came and moved me nearer to my father». Nangarhar governor's spokesperson Attaullah Khogyani said the civilians were killed in clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban, whilst family members insisted there were no members of the Taliban in the house. «We can confirm 100% that they are civilians. There is no doubt that they do not belong to any groups», said Firoz Khan, a relative of the targeted civilians. The number of civilian deaths in the Afghanistan war has reached a record high, continuing an almost unbroken trend of nearly a decade of rising casualties. In the first half of 2017, 1,662 civilians were killed and more than 3,500 were injured in Afghanistan according to a UN report.

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