Taliban reject UNAMA statement on IEDs
22 October, 2012
KANDAHAR: Rejecting the statement of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) regarding planting of improvised explosive devices, the Taliban on Sunday said they only attacked military targets with remote-controlled explosive devices.
In a statement, also available with the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP), the Taliban's Islamic Emirates accused the UNAMA and other western agencies of using the issue of civilian casualties for their vested goals. The statement said the propagandas were aimed at stopping the fierce attacks of mujahideen on the foreign forces through the landmines.
"The UNAMA, without getting itself informed from the Islamic Emirates about the definition of civilians, use of IEDs and casualties to civilians, repeatedly publishes one-sided pro-Americans and pro-Westerners reports," the statement said.
Clarifying the stance of Islamic Emirates on planting of IEDs, the statement said: "We clearly say about the landmines that our mujahideen do not plant active IEDs anywhere in the country. They (landmines) are controlled through remote control devices and they are exploded only on military targets."
Terming the planting of IEDs on highways and their mysterious explosions as the handiwork of their enemies, the statement said the American intelligence agencies were also involved in it.
"The blasts conducted mysteriously on civilian buses and other transport vehicles on highways is the handiwork of our enemies.
They want to defame the name of mujahdeen. The American intelligence agencies are directly involved in this work. It's best example is yesterday's saddening incident which occurred in Dawlat Abad district of Balkh province," the statement added
The Taliban's statement said old explosives and personal enmities were also the causes of such incidents.