Taliban mortar attack leaves 25 civilians dead in Helmand

As many as 25 civilians were killed and 20 others wounded as the result of two rockets landed in Kohna Bazaar of Sangin District in the southern Helmand province, according to a local official.

Rohullah Basset, Sangin’s district governor, told Kabul Now that the incident happened today morning, June 29, around 9:00 AM. He added that the main target of the Taliban mortar attack was the Second Brigade of the 215 Maiwand Military Corps but it hit a traditional event attended by civilians in Kohna Bazar area.

Meanwhile, Omar Zawak, spokesperson for Helmand governor, told Kabul Now that the incident took place in an area controlled by the Taliban.

The Helmand governor’s press office said in a statement that 23 civilians were killed and 15 others were wounded in the attack.

The Taliban, however, blamed Afghan forces for the deadly attack.

Rejecting the Taliban claim, the Afghan military corps added that they did not have any military operation in the area.

In the past two days, this is the second incident which took lives of many civilians. Five civilians including women and children, were killed after a roadside bomb went off in Washir district of the province on Saturday, June 28.