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Six civilians killed in Jawzjan bomb blast

AT-KABUL: At least six civilians were killed and 40 others wounded in a roadside bombing in the northern province of Jawzjan, a local official said Monday.

Provincial governor Reza Ghafoori said that explosive attached to a motorcycle detonated in a busy area of Darzab distract.

“The wounded people were shifted to nearby hospitals, whose condition is reported critical,” he said.

Halima Sadat, member of provincial council said that more than 80 people were wounded.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Taliban insurgents frequently target security forces with homemade bombs placed along roads and footpaths.

Recently, a UN report showed the total civilian casualties recorded between 1 January 2009 and 30 June 2016 has risen to 63,934, including 22,941 deaths and 40,993 injured.

Between January and June this year, the Human Rights team of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented 1,601 civilian deaths and 3,565 injured civilians. This represents an increase of four percent in the total number of casualties compared to the first six months of 2015 – and is the highest half-year total since 2009. This year’s casualties include 1,509 children (388 dead and 1,121 injured) – a figure the UN Human Rights Chief described as “alarming and shameful,” particularly as it represents the highest numbers of children killed or wounded in a six-month period since counting began in 2009. There were also 507 women casualties (130 killed and 377 injured).

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