Unexpectedly.[ToloNews] The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission in a report released Sunday said that 1,677 non-combatants were killed and 3,644 more were maimed in the first six months of this year, showing an 80% increase compared to the same period in 2020.
The watchdog says 1,594 security incidents occurred during this period.
In the first six months of 2020, the watchdog says, 1,213 non-combatants were killed and 1,744 more were maimed.
The report says that during this period 154 women were killed and 350 more were maimed. These numbers in 2020 were 126 killed and 171 maimed.
According to the report, of those killed, 373 were children. Also, 1,083 of those maimed are children.
The report says the Taliban
is responsible for 56% of the casualties (917 killed, and 2,061 injured), pro-government forces for 15% (229 killed, 565 injured), ISIS 7% (104 killed, 239 killed), and unknown perpetrators 22% (425 civilians killed and 765 civilians injured).
In 451 incidents, a total of 1,987 civilians have been harmed by IED blasts, roadside mines, car-bombs, and exploding mines or ordnance. This includes 587 civilians killed, and 1,400 others injured, the report says.
Targeted killing accounts for 30 percent of the total number of civilian casualties in the first six months of 2021, the report says, adding that this includes 1,634 civilian casualties (696 killed, 938 injured).
According to AIHRC findings, rocket fire and heavy weapon use accounted for 18% of total civilian casualties in the first six months of 2021.
In total, 940 civilians have been harmed due to rocket fire in the first six months of 2021. This includes 212 civilians killed, and 728 others injured. The civilian casualties caused by rocket fire during the same period in 2020 were 378 in total.
The report says that 21 non-combatants were killed and 79 of them were maimed in suicide kabooms.
Also, 81 non-combatants were killed and 326 were maimed in ground engagements between the government forces and anti-government gangs.
The report says that 77 non-combatants were killed and 136 more were maimed in
The report says night raids accounted for 12 civilians killed and 37 maimed.