Over 70 killed in Afghanistan attacks in December

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-1-1 14:50:14

The Taliban-led attacks and conflicts claimed the lives of more than 70 people and wounded over 150 others across Afghanistan last month, according to official data.

A total of 20 major bomb attacks, including five suicide bombings, hit several parts of the war-torn central Asian state in December.

The Taliban insurgents fighting Afghan forces and more than 84, 000 NATO-led coalition troops recently announced that they will continue their attacks against government and foreign soldiers, adding there will be no pause in Taliban activities during the winter.

They urged civilians to stay away from official gatherings, military convoys and centers regarded as the legitimate targets by militants besides warning people not to support the government and foreign troops.

The latest suicide blast occurred on December 27 in Kabul. A Taliban man detonated his explosive-packed car close to a NATO-led coalition forces' convoy in eastern Kabul.

Two Slovakian soldiers and one US service member of the coalition were killed and six Afghan passers-by were wounded in the incident.

Taliban claimed the responsibility for the attack.

On Dec. 25, Taliban fired two rockets on the US embassy in Kabul. However, the incident caused no loss of lives. Following the rocket attack, three policemen were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast initiated on a hill where the rockets were fired.

The police arrested one suspected man after the attack on U.S. embassy, located in Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic enclave.

On the same day, four civilians and two policemen were killed and 13 others wounded when a home-made Taliban IED was set off in eastern Logar province, 60 km south of Kabul.

On December 18, the Taliban carried out a complex attack at a U.S. military camp, where logistic convoys and trucks stay in bordering town of Torkham near the border with the Pakistan.

One policeman and three militants were killed and nearly 30 trucks and oil tankers were destroyed in the incident.

The bloodiest suicide blast occurred in eastern Wardak province, 35 km west of Kabul on December 2 when a militant rammed an explosive- packed truck to a police station in Nirkh district.

Four policemen were killed and 17 security force members were wounded in the powerful blast.

On December 14, up to 25 civilians were wounded when an IED attached to a traffic police vehicle went off in eastern Laghman province.

In southern Kandahar province, a suicide bombing targeted a foreign convoy, injuring 29 people, including four foreign soldiers on December 5.

At least six targeted killings occurred in different provinces last month, claiming the lives of several government officials and local leaders.

Local analysts feared that the Taliban would continue their attacks across the country as Afghan army and police took the lead in combat operations and the country prepares for the presidential election slated for early this year.

Most of the foreign forces are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

The exact number of the casualties on Afghan army and police remained unknown last month while 13 foreign soldiers were also killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan last month.

On December 17, six U.S. soldiers were killed as a military helicopter crashed in southern Zabul province, a Taliban known hotbed.

A total of 160 soldiers of the NATO-led coalition were killed last year in Afghanistan.

The Interior Ministry's figures showed that more than 162 militants were killed, 145 arrested and over 60 wounded as a result of a series of military operations last month across the country.

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