Taliban militants blown up by own explosives in Laghman province

Taliban militants blown up by own explosives in Laghman province

 Taliban militants were blown up by own explosives in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan, the Afghan Military said.

According to 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East, three Taliban militants were killed while planting an improvised explosive device in Gardi Salaw area of Alisheng district.

The source further added that the militants were killed after the improvised explosive device went off prematurely.

Taliban and other militants often use IED as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government but in majority of such attacks ordinary civilians are targeted, besides such attacks often claims the lives of the militants as well.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its latest report stated that 1,692 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018.

According to UNAMA, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in attacks by Anti-Government Elements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties.

“The combined use of suicide and non-suicide IEDs caused nearly half of all civilian casualties. Continuing trends first documented last year by UNAMA, the majority of IED casualties were caused by suicide and complex attacks, which again were responsible for record high civilian casualties, resulting in 1,413 civilian casualties (427 deaths and 986 injured), a 22 per cent increase,” UNAMA said.