UN reports 28% increase in Afghan civilian casualties
By Sayed Jawad - Fri Dec 14 2012, 7:27 pm
The report released by United Nations on Friday further added, at least 967 civilians were killed and 1590 others were injured during the third quarter of the year.
UN said around 56% of the casualties were incurred following roadside explosions and suicide bomb blasts.
United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spokesman Nazifullah Salarzai said civilians casualties during the third quarter of the year shows an icrease of 28%.
The report accuse militants for 80% of the civilians casualties and only 6% of the civilians casualties were reported due to Afghan security forces operations.
However the reason behind the remaining 10% of the civilians casualties is unclear.
Mr. Salarzai said a decrease was noted during the first six months of 2012 however there was a dramatic increase during teh last four months of the year.
He said United Nations urge militants groups in Afghanistan to immediately reconsider to their current fighting tactics in a bid to prevent civilians deaths.
This comes as United Nations earlier also following a statement called on militants groups to prevent using improvised explosive device.
UN in its statement earlier said, “Anti-government armed militant groups are still using roadside bombings despite Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omer in 2008 said roadside bombing was prohibited and is against the principles of Islam and is an inhumane act.”
The statement also added, “United Nations in Afghanistan urge the Taliban leadership to reteirate its statement to ban roadside bombing.”
Improvised Explosive Device is the chief weapon which is used by anti-government armed militant groups to target Afghan and coalition security forces.