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Two children killed in Khost attack

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Two children were among several insurgents killed in an overnight raid carried out by Afghan Special Forces in the Sperai district of southeastern Khost province, provincial officials said Tuesday.

Also, 15 civilians including women were received injuries in the raid.

“Afghan forces conducted a raid on the outskirts of the district against insurgents,” Mohammad Azem the town’s administrative chief told Pajhwok Afghan News, without detailing whether the children were civilians or members of the militants.

He said that the core reason of the raid was to target militants.

At least 1,601 civilian have been killed and 3,565 others injured in the first half of the current year, showing a record surge of four percent compared to the corresponding period in 2015, according to the UN.

Since 2009, 5,166 civilians have been killed or maimed in just the first six months of this year, almost one-third of them children. The total civilian casualty figures recorded between January 2009 and June 30, 2016 have risen to 22,941 deaths and 40,993 injured.

In its latest report, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said this year’s casualties included 1,509 children (388 dead and 1,121 injured) — the highest numbers of children killed or wounded in a six-month period since 2009.

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