Violence kills 12 across Afghanistan

At least 12 civilians, including six aid workers, have been killed in two separate violent attacks across the war-ravaged country, officials say.

An official with the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation said six civilian bodies were found in the Gulran district of western Herat province.

Herat Governor Fazlullah Wahidi said the victims were kidnapped on Sunday by the Taliban and killed after negotiations to release them failed.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has been visiting Pakistan for two days, strongly condemned the brutal killings.

Å“The killing of innocent engineers and workers shows that the Taliban and their foreign masters want Afghanistan to be an impoverished and underdeveloped country forever,” Karzai said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the eastern Paktia Province says six civilian bodies have been found on a roadside, without providing more details.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

Taliban militants have carried out numerous attacks against security forces as well as civilians and managed to spread their influence in various regions of the country, despite frequent offensives by the Afghan and foreign soldiers.

Moreover, US-led foreign forces have killed thousands of people, including many civilians, in airstrikes and night-time raids since they invaded the country in 2001.

Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.

Civilian casualties caused by foreign forces have been a major source of tension between Kabul and Washington.

Violence continues to plague Afghanistan despite the presence of thousands of foreign forces, more than a decade after the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.


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Republished from: Press TV