At least 30 killed in targeted attacks in Afghanistan in July

Scores of Afghans have been victimized in the Taliban-led unrest as violence still lingers in the country even after a Taliban-United States peace deal agreement was reached in February.

The Taliban militant group and other insurgent factions conducted scores of targeted attacks against civilians and military and civilian officials in July, killing about 30 people and injuring 20 others.

On Tuesday, Mohammad-a-Gul Mujahid, chief of Jail of southern Kandahar province, succumbed to serious injuries in a police hospital in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, days after he was wounded in a shooting raid in Kandahar.

On July 24, a prominent politician from eastern Logar province, Mohammad Zaman Charkhi and his teenage boy were killed in a shooting in eastern Kabul.

Two police officers from eastern Kapisa province were killed and a provincial police chief was wounded when gunmen spread bullets on a police vehicle in Kalakan, a district on the northern outskirts of Kabul on July 25.

On July 21, Hamidullah Jan, a former government official, was shot and killed in eastern Khost province.

On the same day, a staff of a local logistic company and a taxi driver who deliver items to a police station, were killed in two separate attacks in Kandahar and northern Baghlan province.

Two brothers riding a motorcycle, who were national army soldiers, were shot dead by two gunmen in Qara Bagh district of Kabul on July 18.

On July 15, Sheikh Abdul Haq, a local mosque praying leader, and his brother were killed in a shooting attack in eastern Parwan province.

On July 14, an army soldier and his seven-year-old boy were singled out from a passenger bus and were killed on the side of Logar-Khost main roadway.

On the same day, a national intelligence agency officer Ahmad Farid Sakha was shot dead in Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province.

Haroon Nasir, a senior police officer from Balkh, was killed in a shooting raid in Shakar Dara district of Kabul on July 12.

One day earlier from Shakar Dara targeted attack, Mohammad Shouib, an attorney, was killed in an attack in Police District 7 of Kabul.

On July 11, an army general and his two colleagues aboard a vehicle were wounded after an improvised bomb struck his SUV in Makroryan locality of Kabul.

General director of biometric department of Ministry of Interior Mohammad Anwar Muniri was killed in a shooting attack in Char Hasyab, a district on southern outskirts of Kabul on July 8.

On July 7, Mir Zaman, an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander, was killed and two ALP constables and nine civilians were wounded in a suicide car bomb blast in Khewa district of eastern Nangarhar province.

Nafisa Hijran, a female member of Logar provincial council, was wounded in a shooting attack in Logar. Security forces arrested the attacker after the shooting on July 6.

On the same day, four Taliban militants involved in targeted attacks were arrested by security forces in southern Helmand province.

Other 13 people were also killed in targeted attacks in July in Kabul, Kapisa and northern Jawzjan and western Farah provinces.

On July 27, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report that civilian casualties in Afghanistan decreased 13 percent in the first six months of 2020 in comparison with the same period of last year.

A total of 1,282 civilians were killed and 2,176 others wounded during the period, according to the UNAMA report.

“Ground engagements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties with the majority — two-thirds — caused by the use of indirect fire, particularly in civilian-populated areas,” the report said.

The use of improvised explosive devices was the second leading cause of civilian casualties, followed by targeted killings, the report added.

The report said that the UNAMA was especially concerned about the deliberate targeting of civilians, including religious leaders, healthcare workers, members of the judiciary, civil society activists, non-governmental organization workers and journalists.