The Civilian Casualties Report during the Four Days of Eid and Arafa

The Civilian Casualties Report during the Four Days of Eid and Arafa

July 30 – Aug. 2

Despite the three-day ceasefire during Eid, the civilian casualties have been tolling and an average of 38 civilians have been killed or injured each day. Findings by Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) indicate that during Eid days, including the Arafa, a total of seven security incidents have occurred, leaving 154 civilian casualties (32 killed and 122 injured).


Brief description of each incident:

  1. On July 30, 2020, four civilians were killed and 57 other injured at a car-bomb attack on a military base in the center of Pul-e-Alam city in Logar province.
  2. On July 31, 2020, fifteen civilians were injured at 12th District of Herat city due to explosion of a hand grenade thrown at a pump-station. The perpetrators are not clear yet.
  3. Four civilians (including two children and one woman) have lost their lives to a mine explosion in Yaka-waria village of Dehrawood district in Uruzgan on July 31, 2020.  
  4. The government’s armed opposition groups kidnapped and then killed Esmatullah Salam, a civil society activist from Ghazni province, on August 1, 2020. Mr. Salam was on his way home in Andar District of Ghazni province when he was kidnapped.  
  5. Unknown gunmen attacked the Nangarhar prison on August 2, 2020 which resulted in killing of 20 people (including nine police officers) and injuring 50 others (including 13 police officers).
  6. It is claimed that the Afghan National Army gun fires from Sang-e-Marmar military base in Baraki-barak district of Logar province have caused killing of two civilians, (the case is under investigation).
  7. It is claimed that Obaidullah, an ordinary civilian from Logar province, has been killed by local uprising forces gun fires in Pozaniazi village of Pul-e-Alam district, (the case is under investigation).

Note: In addition to the aforementioned cases, the rocket fires by Pakistani border forces caused 104 civilian casualties in Espin Boldak District of Kandahar province on July 30, 2020. Women and children are among the casualties.