Afghanistan: bomb and mortars kill 23 civilians in Helmand

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 29, 2020

A statement form a provincial governor's office in southern Afghanistan says that at least 23 people, including children, have been killed in a auto bomb and mortar attack at a busy market in southern Helmand province.

The Taliban and the Afghan military are blaming each other for the attack on Monday in Sangin district, in the south of the province.

A spokesperson for Helmand's governor said the several rockets fired by Taliban fighters landed close to the cattle market, killing 23 civilians, including children.

TOLOnews, quoting a statement from the provincial governor's office, said the incident took place in the Zol Bazar area and was followed by a vehicle bomb explosion.

Taliban officials blamed the government officials for killing the civilians.

The UN recently asked both sides in the conflict to be more careful about avoiding civilian casualties, which it said was on the increase.

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