Increasing number of Afghan children succumbing to Taliban, other militant groups’ attacks

February 16th, 2011 - 4:50 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Kabul, Feb 16 (ANI): An increasing number of children are being killed and injured in Afghanistan, with a latest UN report saying that almost 1,800 children were either injured or succumbed in conflicts caused by the Taliban and other militant groups in the last two years.

The study covers a two-year period from 1 September 2008, which the UN says was marked by increased military activity and worsening security, the BBC reports.

The report cited suicide, rocket and bomb attacks, including the ongoing military operations being the causes of deaths in that country. It also said that children were often killed or injured when insurgents targeted checkpoints and buildings near residential areas.

Urging greater efforts to end violence against children, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that the figure is assumed to be “underreported” because the researchers could not get access to conflicting areas.

“In the first half of 2010, there was a 155 percent increase in child deaths through improvised explosive devices and suicide attacks attributable to armed opposition groups as compared to the same period in 2009,” the report said.

Ban also expressed concerns that a huge number of children are being killed by armed groups assuming them to be spies or supporters of international troops.

“At least nine cases were reported of children executed on suspicion of spying for the international military forces, including the public hanging by the Taliban of a seven-year-old boy reported in Helmand province in June 2010,” the report added. (ANI)

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