Don’t you just hate it when you can’t remember where you left your IED. (Improvised Explosive Device) That’s what happened in Afghanistan when a truck carrying Taliban fighters ran over their own IED, killing at least 11 of them in the process. Just days before a pick up truck carrying Taliban fighters ran over one of their own IEDs killing four and leaving another 5 wounded. This gives me an idea. Instead of sending soldiers to Afghanistan, wouldn’t it be more efficient to send IEDs? That’s 15 dead fighters. In actual combat the Taliban only lost three fighters during the same time period.
The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army in the East said the incident took in the vicinity of Sherzad district, Khaama press reported.
The source further added that several Taliban insurgents were travelling in a pickup vehicle when it run over an IED already planted by the insurgents, leaving four of them dead and five others wounded.
In the meantime, the provincial government media office in a statement said at least three Taliban insurgents were killed during a clash with the security force in Khogyani district.
According to the officials, all the incidents took place within the past 24 hours.
The Taliban insurgents frequently use IEDs as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government officials but in majority of such incidents the ordinary civilians are targeted.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UANAMA) released its latest civilian casualties report in April, covering a period of three months since the start of 2017.
According to the report, the Anti-Government Elements caused 62 percent of civilian casualties – 1,353 civilian casualties (447 dead and 906 injured), reflecting a five percent increase compared to the same period in 2016.
The UN mission also added it recorded a 12 percent increase in civilian casualties caused by pressure-plate improvised explosive devices – 218 civilian casualties (86 dead and 132 injured).