Wedding killings in Afghanistan condemned by UN

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An attack on a wedding party in Afghanistan which killed as many as 25 civilians has been condemned in "the strongest terms" by the UN Secretary-General.

Forty-five other people were injured, the majority children.

Most of those killed were women and young people attending a celebration in a civilian house in Helmand province which was hit by at least one of three mortars on New Year 's Eve.

Figures released in December by the UN Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA show that the number of civilians killed and injured in 2014 was the highest recorded since the Mission began its comprehensive Protection of Civilians reports in 2009.

Rising civilian casualties are, in part, attributed to increased ground engagements.

The Secretary-General has urged the Afghan government to carry out a full investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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