Wednesday, February 24, 2021

“Mother, get up!”: Video from the scene of the attack in Kabul causes horror in Afghanistan – politics


In Afghanistan, a video of crying and bleeding children at an attack in Kabul on Sunday caused horror. According to police, at least two people were killed and five others were injured in the attack, which was apparently directed against Afghan security forces.

The video, which was recorded immediately after the attack, shows dead bodies lying on the street and two small children, crying over an unconscious woman.

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Both children, one of whom is covered in blood, are crying and screaming. One of them calls out: “Mother, get up!” The man filming the scene tells the children to calm down as the woman is carried away.

The video spread in the online networks under the hashtag “Mother stand up”, and many users expressed their horror.

Taliban reject responsibility

The Twitter user Edschas Maliksada wrote that the sight of the mother and her children was “unbearable”. The politician Fausia Kufi, who is involved in the government’s peace negotiations with the radical Islamic Taliban, asked how the attackers could reconcile the images of the children crying for their mother with their conscience. “This has to stop!” She demanded.

A spokesman for the Kabul police later said the woman from the video was seriously injured in the attack. Her two children were treated for minor injuries. Initially, no one confessed to the attack. The Taliban, who regularly attack Afghan security forces, have denied any responsibility.

Despite the peace negotiations between the government and the Taliban, the attacks in Afghanistan had recently increased again. In the past few weeks there have been repeated attacks, especially in Kabul. Politicians, journalists and human rights activists were increasingly targeted by extremists.

The Afghan authorities always blamed the Taliban for the attacks. The Taliban denied the allegations. Some of the attacks were claimed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist militia. (AFP)



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