Civilian Deaths In Afghanistan Reach New High, U.N. Says

But he said a preliminary inquiry had been started, a routine response to any claim of civilian casualties.
A drastically different case of civilian casualties occurred over the weekend in Kabul, an increasingly militarized city where checkpoints and security barriers have been proliferating.
The United Nations report said that Kabul had the most civilian casualties, largely because of suicide attacks that took many lives.
Roughly 40 percent of all civilian casualties — 596 deaths and 1,483 injuries — resulted from the insurgents’ use of such explosives, including suicide bombs and pressure-plate devices, the report said.
Advertisement Continue reading the main storyThe report commended government forces for reducing civilian casualties from ground engagements, including indiscriminate firing of mortars and other heavy weapons in civilian areas.

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