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Taliban militants hiding in civilians' houses in Kunduz, Amnesty International expresses concern
Human rights body, Amnesty International has expressed concern over the act of Taliban militants of hiding in civilians' houses. Amnesty said that by doing this Taliban are putting people's lives in danger during the conflict in Kunduz.
Amnesty International in a release also said that the Taliban's move to conduct door-to-door searches for Afghan security personnel or government staff is also exposing civilians to danger.

Amnesty has cited local residents' report to say that to blend in with the civilian population Taliban militants are doing so. Afghan authorities have confirmed at least 16 civilian casualties. However, according to the United Nations the death figure could be around 110.

"Civilians are bearing the brunt of the horrific violence that is unfolding in Kunduz. By hiding in the residential homes Taliban fighters are exposing civilians to attacks. There are also reports of Taliban conducting house-by-house searches looking for people linked to the Afghan security forces or government", said David Griffiths, South Asia Research Director at Amnesty International in a statement.

Under international law, all parties to a conflict are required to take all feasible precautions to protect the civilian population under their control against the effects of attacks.

Amnesty while quoting various reports said that Taliban militants have looted offices and seized equipment and vehicles belonging to NGOs, including humanitarian organisations like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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