"The key finding in the report is that more than 10,000 civilians died and injured as a result of conflicts in 2017, the majority of civilians killed are the effect of attacks by anti government elements, and it includes not only the Taliban but also the Daesh or Islamic State (IS)", UNAMA chief and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto told reporters here.
For the fourth year in a row, more than 10,000 civilians have been killed or injured in the conflict in Afghanistan, the United Nations said in its annual report on civilian casualties on Thursday.
"The chilling statistics in this report provide credible data about the war's impact, but the figures alone can not capture the appalling human suffering inflicted on ordinary people, especially women and children", said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the United Nations special representative for Afghanistan.
The report noted that suicide attacks together with improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, caused 40 percent of the civilian casualties.
The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) - suicide and non-suicide - by armed groups led to the majority of the casualties previous year, with ground engagements accounting for the second-highest number of victims.
"I am particularly appalled by the continued indiscriminate and unlawful use of IEDs such as suicide bombs and pressure-plate devices in civilian populated areas", he said.More news: Will challenge Pakistan govt's 'illegal' ban on charities: Hafiz Saeed
The U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014 and shifted to a training role, but a resurgent Taliban stepped up their attacks and an affiliate of the Islamic State group has also emerged.
Pro-government forces, including Afghan national security forces and global military forces caused a fifth of the civilian casualties.
"Afghan civilians have been killed going about their daily lives - traveling on a bus, praying in a mosque, simply walking past a building that was targeted", U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein said in a statement.
But terror attacks continue this year.
"Such attacks are prohibited under worldwide humanitarian law and are likely, in most cases, to constitute war crimes".
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A total of 22 per cent of the casualties - 605 deaths and 1,690 injuries - were caused by suicide and other complex attacks with 16 per cent of such casualties occurring in the capital Kabul alone. They claimed both attacks.
"A total of 10,453 civilian casualties - 3,438 people killed and 7,015 injured - were documented in the 2017 Annual Report..."
"It has indeed been a hard year".
The Taliban, fighting to oust foreign forces and defeat the USA -backed government, said the United States must end its "occupation" and accept the Taliban right to form a government "consistent with the beliefs of our people". UNAMA documented that, in 2017, 359 women were killed - a rise of five per cent - and 865 injured.
That compares to a total 11,434 casualties in 2016, when there were 3,510 deaths and 7,924 wounded.
"We can not sleep day and night due to the frightening sounds of firing", an 11-year-old girl injured by a bullet during a ground engagement in Arghandab district, Zabul province in September, told UNAMA.More news: Vladimir Putin meets Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino to discuss World Cup