A Taliban fighter guards a street in Herat, Afghanistan [File: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Photo]

Over 1,000 Afghan civilians killed since Taliban takeover: UN

UNAMA report says there have been 3,774 civilian casualties, including 1,095 civilian deaths in violence since August 2021.

A Taliban fighter guards a street in Herat, Afghanistan [File: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Photo]

The United Nations says it has recorded a significant number of civilians killed and wounded in attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover – despite a stark reduction in casualties compared with previous years of war and armed conflicts.

In a report released on Tuesday, the UN’s mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) said 1,095 civilians were killed and 2,679 wounded between August 15, 2021, and May this year.

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The majority of deaths – just over 700 – were caused by improvised explosive devices, including suicide bombings in public places such as mosques, education centres and markets.

Though armed fighting has fallen dramatically since the Taliban took over as the NATO-backed military collapsed, security challenges remain, particularly from ISIL (ISIS), the UN report said.

The Taliban was responsible for the majority of attacks, according to the UNAMA, which also noted that the deadliness of attacks had escalated despite fewer violent incidents.

“UNAMA’s figures highlight not only the ongoing civilian harm resulting from such attacks, but an increase in the lethality of suicide attacks since 15 August 2021, with a smaller number of attacks causing a greater number of civilian casualties,” said the report.

More than 1,700 casualties, including injuries, were attributed to explosive attacks claimed by ISIL, according to UNAMA.

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