February 15, 2018

Nearly 3,500 civilians died in Afghanistan last year – UN

In 2017, more than 10,000 civilians were killed or wounded as the result of violent acts in Afghanistan, Reuters inform with reference to the UN. 

“More than 10,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in violence last year,” the agency informs. 

The total number of victims among civilians in 2017 was 3,438 of the killed and 7,015 of the wounded, which is 9 percent less than in 2016. However, the figures indicate a huge number of victims caused by militant bombings. 

“Attacks where anti-government elements deliberately targeted civilians accounted for 27 percent of the total civilian casualties,” the UN’s statement indicates. 

Two-thirds of all casualties last year were caused by the attacks of anti-government forces. Taliban is responsible for 42 percent of deaths, Islamic State – for 10 percent, and 13 percent of persons died as the result of attacks of undetermined anti-government elements. 

“The number of child casualties – 861 killed and 2,318 wounded – was 10 percent lower than 2016,” the agency reports. 

Ukrinform has informed earlier that the US authorities are considering sending nearly 1,000 soldiers more to Afghanistan this spring. It is informed that the initiative, which has already been supported by the military authorities in the United States Armed Forces, is aimed at the intensification of struggle against the Taliban.