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Suicide bomb attacks killing more Afghan civilians: U.N.

Suicide bomb attacks killing more Afghan civilians: U.N.
From Reuters - July 17, 2017

KABUL (Reuters) - 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.

Deaths and injuries from suicide-bombings and other "complex attacks" rose 15 percent, with at least 40 percent of all civilian casualties caused by anti-government groups using improvised explosives, including along roadsides.

"The human cost of this ugly war in Afghanistanloss of life, destruction and immense sufferingis 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."

In May, a massive truck bomb in the heart of the capital, Kabul, detonated by a suicide attacker, killed at least 92 people and wounding nearly 500 in what the United Nations called the "deadliest incident documented" since the international military intervention that toppled the Taliban regime in 2001.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kabul has accounted for nearly 20 percent of all civilian casualties this year.

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