By: Katherine Hewitt
Impunity Watch Reporter, Asia
KABUL, Afghanistan – On April 14 and 15, several attacks occurred across Afghanistan late at night and early in the morning. It appears that three of the attacks were coordinated, targeting government posts. Two all-girls schools were also attacked. No organization has claimed responsibility, but the government suspects the Taliban attacked the government facilities.
Two government checkpoints were attacked in the Sancharak District of Sar-i-Pul. This region has a history of bouncing back and forth between Taliban and government control. Naqibullah Daqiq, the governor, said Taliban forces attacked with night-vision equipment and sniper rifles. One guard was killed in the initial confrontation. When local pro-government militiamen arrived, they attempted to engage the attacking forces. Another 10 were killed.
An attack in the Helmand province left 4 young children dead after a rocket hit their home and another child was wounded in a separate attack.
In Faryab province, the district of Dawlat Abad, 2 more government checkpoints were attacked. The police chief, Nematullah Tofan, reported that 4 government defenders were shot in the head by Taliban snipers and consequently died.
An additional two checkpoints in the Jaghatu district of Ghazni Province were attacked early in the morning on April 15. Eight officers in this encounter died with another 4 wounded.
On Sunday afternoon, a group attacked three university guards in Jalalabad, who were on break for worship. The men rode by on motorcycle and opened fire while the men were praying. Two died on site. The third guard ran but was killed shortly as the gunmen followed him.
Earlier in the week on April 11, a group attacked a girls’ high school in Logar Province. They attacked and locked up the guardsmen and proceeded to burn down the school.
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Author: Katherine Hewitt
Katherine Hewitt is a first year Masters of Arts in International Affairs candidate in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is pursuing a concentration in Peace, Security, and Conflict. Her interests lie in ethnic conflicts, particularly in the Post-Soviet Sphere. She expects to graduate in December 2018.