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    Since the Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan, More Than 1,000 Civilians Were Killed in Attacks, UN Says

    Since the Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan, More Than 1,000 Civilians Were Killed in Attacks, UN Says

    — The United said Tuesday it has documented a significant level of civilians killed and wounded in attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover — despite a stark reduction in casualties compared to previous years of war and insurgency.

    According to a new report by the U.N. mission in Afghanistan, or UNAMA, since the takeover in mid-August 2021 and until the end of May, there were 3,774 civilian casualties, including 1,095 people killed in violence in the country.

    That compares with 8,820 civilian casualties — including 3,035 killed — in just 2020, according to an earlier U.N. report.

    The Taliban seized the country in August 2021 while U.S. and troops were in the final weeks of their withdrawal from Afghanistan after two decades of war.

    According to the U.N. report, three-quarters of the attacks since the Taliban seized power were with improvised explosive devices in “populated areas, including places of worship, schools and markets,” the report said. Among those killed were 92 women and 287 children.

    The figures indicate a significant increase in civilian harm resulting from attacks on places of worship — mostly belonging to the minority Shiite Muslims — compared to the three-year period prior to the Taliban takeover, according to a press statement that followed the report.

    The statement also said that at least 95 people were killed in attacks on schools, educational…

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