Feature: Innocent Afghan civilians increasingly becoming victims of terrorist attacks

August 29, 2015 5:20 am 

KABUL, Aug. 26 — "Enough is enough, we are fed up with the relentless killing and destruction, please stop the indiscriminate massacring of innocent civilians, please stop it for God's sake,"a crying boy exclaimed at the site of a deadly suicide car bomb that claimed 12 lives and injured more than 60 others in Kabul on Saturday.

Footage of the deadly suicide bombing aired by a local television on Tuesday showed the terrified people at the site of the blast denouncing terrorists and looking for help. "You terrorists are killing men, women and children, you terrorists have deprived us of everything, you have killed our hope for the future," the terrified boy said through floods of tears.

All the victims of the bloody suicide bombing for which the officials have pointed the finger at Taliban militants, are innocent civilians including women and children, some of them school pupils.

Although the Taliban militants are yet to claim responsibility for the attack, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Najib Danish, in talks with local media on Tuesday argued that whenever the victims are civilians the Taliban outfit avoids claiming responsibility.

It was a horrific scene. The windowpanes of a hospital nearby and residential apartments and shops within a radius of 300 meters had been damaged.

In the deadly bombing, three contractors of the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission were also killed but they too were civilian contractors of the alliance, according to the alliance and eye witnesses at the site of the attack.

More than a dozen cars were badly damaged at the site of the blast and the ground was stained with blood.

"I am a teacher, where are my pupils?" a frightened female teacher shouted in tears.

Searching for her students and damning the terrorists for their barbaric acts, the wailing lady said "either kill all of us or stop killing innocent people for God's sake."

A person losing three members of his family including his wife, lamented the deadly attack and said "It has no justification to target civilians just to kill a foreigner."

Civilians usually bear the brunt of war in Afghanistan as Taliban-led militancy and conflicts have claimed the lives of 1, 592 civilians and injured 3,329 others in the first six months of the year, which indicates a 1 percent increase in overall civilians casualties compared to the same period last year, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report released earlier this month.

At least seven suicide bombings hit parts of the militancy- plagued Afghanistan over the past month, four of them in the capital city Kabul and the victims were mostly non-combatants.

The ongoing insurgency and conflicts in war-torn Afghanistan, according to the war-weary Afghans, will claim more civilian lives in the coming months and even years ahead. (PNA/Xinhua)

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