WORLD 11 IEDs defused in Afghanistan: gov't

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11 IEDs defused in Afghanistan: gov't

Xinhua

18:24, February 21, 2020

KABUL, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan National Police (ANP) personnel found and defused 11 rounds of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in two provinces, the country's Interior Ministry said Friday.

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"The special engineering teams of ANP found and defused 11 IEDs in northern Samangan and eastern Khost provinces within the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.

They also neutralized a heavy gun shell during the period.

Taliban militants have been using home-made IEDs to make roadside bombs, landmines and suicide attack vest for targeting security forces, but the lethal weapons also inflict casualties on civilians.

The Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of armed conflicts as more than 2,810 civilians were killed and over 7,950 others injured in conflict-related incidents in 2019, according to figures released by Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).

Out of total casualties, some 800 civilians were killed and more than 2,300 others wounded in IED explosions in 2019, according AIHRC report.

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