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NATO condemns insurgents for failing to observe UN Day of Peace in Afghanistan
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14:22, September 22, 2008

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Despite the declarations of commitment to the UN Day of Peace on Sunday, the insurgents in Afghanistan chose to show their contempt for peace by attacking and killing Afghan army and kidnapping innocent civilians, said a statement released here by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday.

"From shortly after midnight on Saturday, there were 28 recorded incidents across the country during the Peace Day, to many of which the ANSF and ISAF were forced to respond to maintain the safety of the civilian population," the statement said.

A police officer was killed by small arms fire in Dahana-i-Ghuri district of northern Afghanistan's Baghlan province on Sunday while a soldier with Afghan National Army was shot dead in Sangin district of Helmand province in the south, it said.

Moreover, it noted that there was an as yet unconfirmed report that as many as 131 innocent civilians had been kidnapped in Bala Buluk district of western Afghanistan's Farah province.

"Once again, the insurgents have demonstrated their contempt for the democratically elected Government rule of law and stability in Afghanistan and their total disdain for the safety and fundamental right of the Afghan people to live in peace," it further added.

Conflicts and spiraling insurgency have claimed the lives of over 38,00 people with around 1,445 civilians so far this year in the war-torn country.


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