Taliban rocket kills 2, injures 49 others in East of Afghanistan

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Kabul, August 18 (Online): At least 2 people were killed and 49 others wounded in a rocket attack by Taliban militants  in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan on Thursday.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place in Asabad city, the provincial capital of Kunar province today.

Provincial governor Wahidullah Kalimzai said the Taliban militants fired the rocket to disrupt the local officials and residents celebrating the 97th independence day of Afghanistan.
The Taliban militants have not commented regaridng the incident so far.
This comes as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released the latest civilian casualties report late last month which stated at least 3726 civilians were killed or wounded between January and June of this year.

The UN mission said the civilian casualties in the country has reached to a record number since counting began in 2009, with 5,166 civilians recorded killed or maimed in just the first six months of this year, of whom almost one-third were children.

The total civilian casualty figure recorded by the UN between 1st January 2009 and 30 June 2016 has risen to 63,934, including 22,941 dead and 40,993 injured.

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