UN: Children casualties spike in war

2013-06-13 22:07
The bodies of nine dead children are pictured in the Shigal district of restive Kunar. (STR, AFP)

The bodies of nine dead children are pictured in the Shigal district of restive Kunar. (STR, AFP)

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Afghanistan - The number of children killed and injured in Afghanistan's war has risen sharply this year, the UN Children's Fund, said, calling the trend "unacceptable" and "very worrying."

At least 414 children were killed or injured in the first four months of this year, up 27% over the same period the previous year, UNICEF said.

Of those, 121 children were killed and 293 were injured through 30 April, UNICEF said in figures released on Thursday. Roadside bombs and suicide attacks accounted for the largest number of casualties (37%) and the UN has particularly criticized the Taliban's use of indiscriminate weapons triggered by victims' stepping on or driving over a pressure plate as a possible war crime.

Violence is increasing overall in Afghanistan as the Taliban and other militants press an intense offensive against government targets as international troops hand over security to Afghans. The international coalition is set to end its military mission by the end of 2014.

The escalating attacks have caused civilian casualties to soar, including children.

Last week alone, a suicide attack near a school in the eastern province of Paktia killed nine children and wounded seven others, and a father and three children died when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

And on 6 June, an airstrike by international military forces killed three children and injured seven in Kunar province.

UNICEF said that figures show 56% of overall child casualties were caused by insurgents and 14% caused by international and Afghan security forces. Another 30% showed no clear blame.

- AP
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