Taliban on Saturday said that an aircraft provided by India to the Afghan National Security and Defence Force (ANSDF) has been used to bomb a hospital in Helmand province of Afghanistan.
In the continuing cycle of targeting government infrastructure, Indian supplied airplanes bombed Bost Specialist Hospital in Betun area of #Helmand capital Lashkargah.
This enemy crime resulted in the hospital catching fire & large parts destroyed – Ahmadi https://t.co/UFI5ogWAP2
— Zabihullah (..ذبـــــیح الله م ) (@Zabehulah_M33) July 31, 2021
The Taliban have called the attack a ‘war crime’.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesperson, posted on social media site Twitter that the hospital at Lashkargah in Helmand Province of Afghanistan had caught fire and was partially destroyed after the aircraft provided by India had been used to bomb it.
Pertinently, India in 2018 had provided the ANSDF four Mi24 attack helicopters and three ‘cheetal’ helicopters.
The Taliban took control of a large number of districts in Afghanistan over the past few weeks as the US and its NATO allies continued to withdraw their troops. India is worried over the “strategic depth” Pakistan would gain in Afghanistan, if the war-torn country again goes under the control of Taliban.
Taliban have entered parts of Herat, Lashkar Gah and Kandahar and also made rapid gains in rural areas.
But the fate of these key cities could be crucial amid fears of a humanitarian crisis and how long government forces will be able to hold out.
Earlier in 2016, the Taliban urged India to stop giving lethal military equipment to the Afghan government, condemning it as a “clear hostility” towards the war-torn nation.
In its first public reaction to New Delhi’s growing military cooperation with Kabul, the Taliban alleged Indian aircraft and equipment are being used to kill Afghans and destroy their homes as well as other civilian infrastructure.
“The Islamic Emirate [the Taliban] condemns this action with the strongest of terms,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, the main spokesman for the Taliban, in a statement issued Sunday.