Child casualties up 17% in Afghan war

AFP

KABUL -- Children account for one-third of civilian casualties in Afghanistan's grinding conflict in the first three months of 2017 and are paying an increasingly high price in the fighting, a UN report said Thursday (April 27), AFP reported.

From January to March, 210 children were killed -- up 17% from the same period last year -- and 525 injured, out of a total of 2,181 civilian casualties (715 dead and 1,466 injured).

The overall casualty total is slightly down, by 4%, compared to the same period in 2016.

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