UNAMA: more than Ten thousand civilians were killed and wounded in 2017
The UN Office in Afghanistan or UNAMA has announced that in 2017, more than 10,000 Afghan citizens have been killed or injured as a result of terrorist attacks. The organization today released its annual report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan. According to this report about 3500 civilians were killed last year and more than 7,000 were injured, according to reports. The figures show a 9-percent decline compared to 2016.
According to report, among the victims of the 2017 attacks, there are 359 women and 861 children. In addition, 865 ladies and more than 2,000 children were wounded as a result of this violence. The report also states that insurgents are engaged in recruiting and exploiting children, most of them in Kabul, Helmand, Nangarhar, Kandahar and Faryab.
According to UNAMA, “40 percent of these deaths were due to suicide attacks and explosives, and 33 percent were due to land wars. Targeted killings, air operations, and explosive remnants of war are other source of the casualties. “UN officials in Kabul have expressed concern that civilian casualties from effects of suicide attacks and improvised explosive devices has risen 17 percent.