UN strongly condemns Afghan civilian deaths caused by improvised explosive devices

Six women, two girls, two boys, and two male drivers were killed in the incident in Giro district, according to a press statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).The Mission noted that IEDs used by anti-government elements is the leading cause of civilian deaths and injuries this year. It has documented 312 civilian deaths and 695 civilians injured by these weapons between 1 January and 22 May. Of these, 104 civilians were killed and 118 injured by pressure-plate IEDs, a 39 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2013. “Rising civilian casualties in 2014 from IEDs, particularly indiscriminate pressure-plate IEDs, is extremely disturbing,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan. “I reiterate UNAMA’s call to all anti-government elements to cease using these terrible weapons which have devastating consequences for civilians.” The Mission stressed that the use of indiscriminate victim-activated IEDs – which function like massive anti-personnel landmines – may amount to a war crime and is a serious violation of international humanitarian law which binds all parties – including anti-government elements – to the armed conflict in Afghanistan.

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