UNAMA condemns attack which killed 19 civilians

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Ján Kubiš

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns Sunday's attack in the south-eastern province of Ghazni, in which an improvised explosive device (IED) detonation killed 19 civilians travelling in a mini-bus.

Those killed included 16 women and children; another four women suffered serious injuries.

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš' said "Yesterday's tragic event again highlights the increasing toll that IEDs are taking on civilians in Afghanistan," adding, "Indiscriminate use of these weapons must stop."

IEDs kill and injure more Afghan civilians than any other tactic in the country's armed conflict. So far this year, IEDs killed more than 825 civilians and injured over 1,600 – accounting for more than a third of all civilian casualties in the conflict.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan emphasizes that the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of IEDs may amount to war crimes.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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