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1,000 civilians killed in Afghan conflict in first 4 months- UN spokesman


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(By Bonny Apunyu)

A UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Monday that  nearly 1,000 civilians were killed in Afghan conflict during the first four months of this year, according to Xinhua.The UN official reportedly added that the Afghan  conflict has injured many others while forcing families to leave their homes and seek refuge in neighboring communities.

"As of 30 April, 1,989 Afghans were injured as a result of the conflict and 978 Afghan civilians killed, throughout the country," said Dujarric at a daily news briefing, quoting Mark Bowden, the UN secretary-general's deputy special representative in Afghanistan. 

Xinhua says doctors in Afghanistan told Bowden that they saw a 50 percent increase in the number of civilians injured this year compared to the same period last year, adding that the number of wounded at the Emergency Hospital in Kabul, the Afghan capital, illustrated the devastating impact of the conflict.