Taliban-led attacks and conflicts had claimed the lives of over 220 people, mostly civilians, and left over 630 others injured across Afghanistan last month, making August the deadliest month of the year, according to official sources.
Taliban militants launched 20 bomb attacks in August, including nine suicide bombings, involving 13 suicide attackers.
In capital Kabul alone, the terrorists staged five deadly suicide attacks, killing and injuring scores.
On Aug. 7, about 15 civilians were killed and nearly 400 others injured after a deadly suicide truck bomb struck a residential area near an army compound in Shah Shaheed locality of the city. On the same day, the militants carried two suicide complex attacks in the city, killing 35, including a U.S. soldier of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission and injuring 50 others.
In another attack, 12 people, including three foreign civilian contractors, died while 70 others sustained injuries in car bombing in front of a hospital in central Kabul on Aug. 22.
On Aug. 28, some 25 pro-government militiamen and three civilians were killed following a Taliban attack in a village in northern Faryab province.
In a similar attack, 29 people, mostly pro-government fighters, were killed and 19 others wounded in a suicide car bombing in northern Kunduz province on Aug. 8.
At least seven targeted killings occurred in a number of provinces in August, claiming the lives of government officials, security forces and local leaders.
In one attack, Chairman of Uruzgan’s provincial Religious Council Mawlawi Lal Mohammad, a local leader named Ahmad Shah and one driver were killed following a bomb attack against their vehicle and ensuing gunfight in the southern Uruzgan province on Aug. 29.
In the month, Taliban militants also launched a string of massive attacks on security checkpoints and army outposts, killing and injuring scores of security forces.
Some 15 policemen were killed after a group of Taliban militants launched a massive attack on security checkpoints in the restive district of Helmand on Aug. 12.
On Aug. 26, two U.S. service members of the NATO-led mission were killed following an alleged insider attack when two gunmen in Afghan army uniforms opened fire inside an Afghan military base in Helmand.
The exact number of casualties on the army and police last month remained unknown.
Nearly 1,600 civilians were killed and more than 3,300 others wounded in conflicts and attacks in the first half of the year, according to UN mission figures released early last month. Enditem