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Afghanistan conflict sees sharp rise in child and civilian casualties

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4431 (Published 13 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4431
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by nearly a third in the first six months of the year compared with last year, according to a report by the United Nations.

    The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said that 1271 civilians were killed and 1997 were wounded, with insurgent groups blamed for 76% of such casualties. The number of deaths and injuries to children were up by 55%, with 176 killed and 389 wounded.

    The assistance mission said there were two main reasons for the increase in civilian casualties: firstly, anti-government elements used a greater number of larger and more sophisticated improvised explosive devices throughout the country; and secondly, the number of civilians assassinated and executed by anti-government forces rose by more than …

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