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The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) announced Tuesday that the Taliban attacks on election process across Afghanistan killed or wounded 458 civilians.

According to a special UNAMA report, the attacks by Taliban group killed 85 civilians and injured at least 373 others.

The report further added that the Taliban attacks during the day of elections on 28th of September killed 28 civilians and wounded 249 others.

The report also added that the children formed more than one-third of the civilians casualties.

“These attacks, along with public statements made by the Taliban, revealed a deliberate campaign intended to undermine the electoral process and deprive Afghan citizens of their right to participate in this important political process, freely and without fear,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “Many Afghan people, however, defied the threats and cast their votes – brave acts that I commend.”

Yamamoto further added “Deliberate acts of violence against voters, election workers, campaigners, election rally sites and polling centres are completely unacceptable.”

He also added that “Widespread or systematic attacks against civilian populations may constitute crimes against humanity; the United Nations unequivocally condemns them.”

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