2,800 civilians die in Afghanistan conflict in 2010

Close to 2,800 Afghan civilians have died as a result of conflict in 2010, according to a report released by the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, (UNAMA)

Staffan de Mistura

Staffan de Mistura

The number of deaths is up 15% on the previous year and the highest in a decade.

Most of the civilian deaths were caused by suicide attacks and bombs planted by the rebel Taliban movement.

The report draws attention to what it calls an alarming trend of civilian assassinations by the Taliban which claimed the lives of over 460 people, half of them in southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

Staffan de Mistura is the head of UNAMA.

“Since 2007, 9,000 Afghan civilians have died due to conflict. In 2010, 2,777 Afghan civilians have died due to the conflict, 75 per cent caused by the anti-government forces and 18 per cent of them by pro-government forces and international forces.”

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