Taliban leader urges insurgents to avoid civilian deaths

In a message to the Afghan people ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival ending the holy Ramadan fasting month, the leader said insurgents should "employ tactics that do not cause harm to life and property of the common countrymen".

Taliban leader urges insurgents to avoid civilian deaths

World Bulletin / News Desk

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has urged insurgent fighters to "emphatically" avoid civilian deaths after a swathe of suicide bombings this week that killed 63 people, but said militants had successfully infiltrated security forces.

In a message to the Afghan people ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival ending the holy Ramadan fasting month, the leader said insurgents should "employ tactics that do not cause harm to life and property of the common countrymen".

"The instructions given to you for the protection of civilian losses are, on you, a religious obligation to observe," Mullah Omar said in a seven page statement released late on Thursday and translated into five languages.

"Any violation readily incurs loss in this world and in the world to come. Therefore, I urge you emphatically to be careful about the civilian losses and take this on yourselves as an explicit responsibility," he said.

"Mujahideen have cleverly infiltrated in the ranks of the enemy according to the plan given to them last year," he said. "They are able to (safely) enter bases, offices and intelligence centres of the enemy. Then, they easily carry out decisive and coordinated attacks."

Last Mod: 17 Ağustos 2012, 11:02
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