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Afghan civilian casualties top 11,000 to hit record in 2015

The UN In 2015 Recorded Its Highest Number Of Civilians Killed Or Wounded In Afghanistan, According To A New Report Today, With Children Paying A Particularly Heavy Toll As Struggling Afghan Forces Faced A Militant Surge.

PTI | Updated on: 14 Feb 2016, 02:07:27 PM

Kabul:

The UN in 2015 recorded its highest number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan, according to a new report today, with children paying a particularly heavy toll as struggling Afghan forces faced a militant surge.

There were 11,002 civilian casualties in 2015, a four percent rise over 2014, the UN said in the annual report, with 3,545 of them fatalities.

One in every four casualties was a child while one in ten was a woman, the report said, with the UN’s special representative for Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom branding the figures “unacceptable”.

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First Published : 14 Feb 2016, 02:05:00 PM

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