Afghanistan violence claims record toll on civilians

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UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani described record numbers of civilian casualties in the first six months of this year. Photo: UN Photo/Daniel Johnson

Lethal violence in Afghanistan is getting worse and has claimed a record number of casualties so far in 2016, the UN said Monday.

More than 5,100 civilians have been killed or maimed in the first six months of the year, according to new data from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR).

The majority of civilian casualties were caused by militants, but pro-government forces have also been implicated in a rising number of incidents, as OHCHR's Ravina Shamdasani told Daniel Johnson.

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