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Civilian bomb injuries soar in south Afghanistan

Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 17:56

Kabul: Civilian injuries due to roadside
bombs and other explosives in southern Afghanistan have soared
amid worsening Taliban violence, the International Committee
for the Red Cross said in a report on Thursday.

Hospitals in the provinces of Kandahar and Helmand
admitted up to 40 per cent more patients with such injuries in
the first two months of the year compared to the same period
last year, the group said.
The Red Cross-supported Mirwais Hospital in the city of
Kandahar treated 51 patients for injuries caused by homemade
bombs in March alone, well above the average monthly figure,
it said.

"Homemade bombs and improvised mines continue to pose a
major threat to civilians in the south of Afghanistan. In the
last few weeks, ICRC personnel at Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar
have observed a substantial increase in casualties," the
report said.

The insurgency employs roadside bombs to attack Afghan
government forces and NATO troops and spread fear among the
populace.
At least 2,412 Afghan civilians were killed in fighting
last year, an increase of 14 percent from 2008, according to
the United Nations.

About two-thirds of the civilian deaths were a result of
actions initiated by the insurgents, including ambushes,
assassinations and roadside bombs, while the percentage of
civilian deaths attributed to NATO and Afghan government
forces fell.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 17:56

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