The latest figures from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) show a continuing trend of record high civilian casualties, with deaths and injuries from ground engagements remaining the leading cause. While the overall number of casualties decreased by two percent, the number of civilians killed (136) or injured (385) due to ground operations in the first three months of 2015 rose by eight percent compared to the same period in 2014. Some 60 civilians were killed from 200 mortars and rockets, up 43 percent from the same period last year and accounting for half of civilian casualties from ground engagements. According to the April 12 report, UNAMA documented a total of 1,810 civilian casualties – 655 deaths and 1,155 injured – across the South Asian nation between January 1 and March 31. Bearing the brunt Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDs remained the second leading cause of deaths and injuries, resulting in 430 civilian casualties (155 civilian deaths and 275 injured), a 19 percent decline from the same period last year. The data also point out that women and children, in particular, bore the brunt of the conflict-related violence. The latest figures demonstrate a continued rise in women casualties… Read full this story
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