IEDs: A Daily Nightmare for Afghans

September 15, 2015

Mohammad Nasir Atmar was at home one day in August when he heard a huge explosion and saw plumes of black smoke outside his window in the Macroryan area of Kabul city. It was a moment of terror.

“I went down to see if any help was needed at the scene,” he said, “as there were a lot of civilian casualties.”

The attack happened in a residential area built by the Soviets, killing 12 people and injuring 66 others.

It was carried out by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, a type of IED that is used by insurgents to target the Afghan National Security Forces and their NATO counterparts but often affects innocent civilians.



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