Amnesty: Kabul attack on Shiites is 'war crime'

Afghan security personnel petrol in the city of Ghazni

Afghan security personnel petrol in the city of Ghazni

Amnesty International on Thursday denounced the Kabul attack on the Shiites, calling it a war crime.

The assault underscores the price that ordinary Afghans have paid in the grinding conflict as the country reels from a recent upsurge in militant violence, including a massive, days-long Taliban onslaught on the eastern city of Ghazni.

Wednesday's deadly suicide attack on a tuition center in Kabul, in which 48 people were killed and 67 others wounded, drew widespread condemnation from across the world.

At least 100 security forces were killed in the fight for Ghazni, officials have said, with unconfirmed fears that at least as many civilians died.

Last Friday, hundreds of Taliban fighters had launched an attack on Ghazni, the capital of the Ghazni province, leading to five days of clashes between the rebels and the security forces that killed almost 500 people, including 326 Taliban fighters, and over one hundred members of the security forces.

Seeing the escalation in the Taliban's attacks, it seems like the Afghanistan government and the USA are losing grip over the situation in Afghanistan.

An industrial-sized digger helped soften the arid ground for the fresh graves as men removed rocks from the soil with pickaxes.

There has been no claim of responsibility but the Taliban denied carrying it out. "They are killing our educated people and every day they are killing us".

The remote outpost called Chinese Camp folded to the Taliban on Monday after dozens of Afghan security forces were killed.

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His brother, Nusratullah, was around 17 years old, he said, sobbing over the phone.

Fighting appeared to have ceased in the provincial capital, just two hours drive from Kabul, almost a week after the Taliban first launched their assault late Thursday, in the process destroying telecommunications towers and slowing the flow of information from the city to a trickle.

The blast was the latest in a wave of attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians, soldiers and policemen over recent days.

"The city smelled of blood", shopkeeper Basir Ahmad said after fleeing to Kabul on Wednesday.

Analysts have suggested the Taliban may be trying to shore up its position before any potential negotiations by proving they can hit government installations at will.

Provincial police chief Mustafa Mayar says the Taliban attacked security posts in the Zabul capital of Qalat early Wednesday, killing the four and wounding three other officers.

Mattis has said he believes the Afghan security forces are gaining momentum and can wear down the Taliban to the point where the insurgents would choose to talk peace.

Militant attacks and suicide bombings were the leading causes of civilian deaths in the first half of 2018, a recent United Nations report showed.

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