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Afghan and U.S.-led allied forces killed more civilians than Taliban in first 3 months

Christian Fernsby |
Afghan and international forces have killed more civilians than the Taliban and other militants in the first three months of this year, a new U.N. report said Wednesday.

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The insurgents were still responsible, however, for the majority of the killed and wounded civilians combined, according to the report by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

The report said that 1,773 civilians were killed or wounded overall in the three months a significant drop from the same period last year, when 2,305 civilians were killed or wounded in conflict.

Last year, suicide bombings by the insurgents were blamed for the high number of casualties.

Between Jan. 1 and March 31, the report said 581 civilians were killed and 1,192 were wounded.

While insurgents caused a significant majority of the injuries, it was pro-government forces, including NATO, that killed the majority of civilians.

They were responsible for 305 civilian deaths, nearly half of them in airstrikes.

The remainder of the death toll was incurred in the cross-fire, such as during searches for militants, according to the report.

At the same time, insurgent attacks left 736 civilians wounded, compared to government and international forces, which wounded 303 civilians, the report said.

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