Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Afghan Violence, Civilian Deaths Increasing, UN Chief Reports

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

June 29 (Bloomberg) -- Violence in Afghanistan, led by Taliban suicide attacks and assassinations, increased by 51 percent in the past three months compared with the same period in 2010, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

“The majority of incidents involved armed clashes and improvised explosive devices,” Ban said in a report released today. “Suicide attacks have increased significantly since March. Abductions and assassinations of Afghan citizens also rose.”

The report came the day after Taliban guerrillas armed with automatic weapons and explosives stormed the Hotel Inter-Continental in Kabul, triggering a five-hour gun battle with Afghan troops and police that left 12 people dead.

Ban said the UN documented 2,950 civilian casualties in the past three months, a 20 percent increase over the same 2010 period that includes 1,090 deaths and 1,860 injuries. Anti-government forces were linked to 80 percent of the casualties and Afghan, U.S. and allied military actions caused 10 percent, the report said. The other 10 percent could not be attributed to either side.

“The rise in civilian casualties, following the Taliban’s announcement of a spring offensive on 30 April, was due in part to an expansion in the operations of anti-government elements and pro-government forces throughout the country, particularly in the north and in the regions bordering Pakistan,” Ban said in the report to the Security Council.

“All concerned must do their utmost to protect civilians and comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bill Varner at the United Nations at wvarner@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva in Washington at msilva34@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.