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Over 1,000 Afghan Civilians Killed in Blast, Violence Since August 2021: UN Report

A UN mission to Afghanistan report published on Tuesday said that since foreign troops departed and the Taliban assumed control in 2021, more than a thousand Afghan civilians have died in bombs and other violence.

According to the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), between August 15, 2021, and May of this year, 1,095 civilians died, and 2,679 were injured, highlighting the security concerns that persist even after decades of war.

Over 700 people died, mainly due to improvised explosive devices, such as suicide bombs, in marketplaces, schools, and mosques.

Just over 1,700 casualties, including injuries, were attributed to explosive attacks claimed by ISIS, according to UNAMA.

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

The report also showed that armed fighting had fallen dramatically since August 2021, but security challenges remain, particularly from ISIS.

Meanwhile, the current regime of the Taliban has carried out several raids against Daesh in the country to wipe them out. However, the group has claimed several deadly attacks in the country, including the Pakistan embassy, Russia and Chinese travellers.

On the other hand, the Taliban-ruled government said in response to the UN report that the situation had improved since its government took control of the country.

“Security forces of the Islamic Emirate oblige themselves to ensure the security of the citizens and take timely action on uprooting the safe havens of the terrorists,” a Taliban official said.