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Afghanistan: At least 17 dead in Taliban attacks

June 12, 2013

TALIBAN insurgents have struck Afghanistan’s capital for the second consecutive day, killing at least 17 people in a car bomb aimed at Supreme Court prosecutors, just days ahead of an expected announcement of the final transition of security for the whole country from NATO to Afghan forces.

The attack also came within hours of the UN revealing a sharp rise in civilian casualties in the first six months of this year, which it blamed largely on the Taliban and allied insurgents.

“I have to note, with regret, that unfortunately due to the increase of different operations, perhaps prompted also by the activities of the insurgency, the situation of civilians in the country and conflict-related civilian casualties are, indeed, not going in the right direction. On the contrary, the situation has worsened,” the UN Secretary-General’s special representative to Afghanistan, Jan Kubis, told a Kabul press conference.

The Australian

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