Suicide bomb attacks on civilians killed more Afghan civilians says UN


Vastavam web: The United Nations on Monday called on insurgent groups in Afghanistan to curb attacks on civilians after more than 5,000 non-combatants were killed or wounded in the first six months of 2017.The war in Afghanistan killed at least 1,662 civilians and wounded 3,581 in the first half of the year, roughly similar to the toll in the same period in 2016, U.N. investigators said in a statement released on Monday.”The human cost of this ugly war in Afghanistan – loss of life, destruction and immense suffering – is far too high,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, said in a statement.
“The continued use of indiscriminate, disproportionate and illegal improvised explosive devices is particularly appalling and must immediately stop.”Kabul has accounted for nearly 20 percent of all civilian casualties this year.The investigators said the Taliban were responsible for at least 43 percent of all civilian casualties. Islamic State was blamed for 5 percent, while unidentified anti-government forces accounted for another 19 percent of the total.The investigators praised Western-backed Afghan police and soldiers, with civilian casualties caused by them 21 percent lower this year.Deaths and injuries from air strikes, however, spiked 43 percent, as both Afghan and U.S. forces increased their air operations.