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2,118 civilians killed in Afghanistan in 2008 - UN

Children have shared the brunt of conflict casualties in the war in Afghanistan

Armed hostilities among warring parties killed 2,118 civilians in 2008, marking a significant increase from 2007 when 1,523 were killed, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report.

Anti-government forces caused the deaths of 1,160 non-combatants while Afghan and international forces caused the deaths of 828 non-combatants, the report said. Suicide attacks, improvised explosions and executions by insurgent groups, and aerial bombings by international forces were the main ways that civilians were killed.


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