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Blast kills five civilians in Kunar

AT-KABUL: At least five civilians and four Taliban insurgents were killed when a rocket shell Taliban were carrying exploded in eastern Kunar province, the security officials said Sunday.

A statement issued by 201 Selab military corps, said the incident took place in the Dangam district late Saturday.

The Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report.

At least 3,726 civilians were killed or wounded in the clashes between January and June, according to a UN report.

The UN mission said the civilian casualties in the country has reached to a record number since counting began in 2009, with 5,166 civilians recorded killed or maimed in just the first six months of this year, of whom almost one-third were children.

The total civilian casualty figure recorded by the UN between 1 January 2009 and 30 June 2016 has risen to 63,934, including 22,941 deaths and 40,993 injured.

According to the UN mission, the anti-government elements remain responsible for 60 percent of the civilian casualties with ground engagements continuing to cause the highest number of civilian casualties, followed by complex and suicide attacks and improved explosive devices (IEDs).

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