UNAMAUnited Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
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The suicide attack in the village of Khojagan in the Dolaina district of Ghor province targeted a local pro-government armed group leader and members of his group in a Sunni mosque, killing at least nine and injuring a further ten, UNAMA said, adding that no responsibility has been claimed.
We will continue our close work with UNAMA on donor coordination, rule of law, anti-corruption and support for human rights, especially womens rights.
The report by UNAMA further added, On 30 August, airstrikes conducted in the Pul-e-Alam district of Logar province killed at least 13 civilians and injured 12 others, UNAMA's preliminary findings indicate.
This latest in a series of attacks targeting members of the Shi'Ite community at worship has no possible justification," said Toby Lanzer, the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and acting head of UNAMA.
In its civilian casualty data for the first quarter of 2016, UNAMA has offered some shocking findings but they are nothing new in a war-torn Afghanistan.
Between 1 January and 31 March, UNAMA documented 266 civilian casualties (62 deaths and 204 injured) from mortars and rockets, up 43 per cent from the same period last year and accounting for half of civilian casualties from ground engagements.
Tanin welcome the renewal of UNAMA's mandate, but reminded the council that "today's Afghanistan is not compare able with the Afghanistan that UNAMA was established to support in 2002.
As the withdrawal of international military forces and combat air support continued in 2014, UNAMA observed more frequent and larger ground operations by both ANSF and anti-government fighters.
The death toll almost reached the record of 2011, with UNAMA saying that civilians killed or wounded in the crossfire of fighting between government and Taliban-led insurgent forces marked a new trend last year.
Gorgette Gagnon, director of human rights at UNAMA, said: "Unama found a persistent lack of accountability for perpetrators of torture with few investigations and no prosecutions for those responsible.
As heads of state and NATO prepare for the NATO Summit in Chicago on 20-21 May, UNAMA, UNFPA and UN Women called on NATO and the Afghan government to fulfill UN Security Council Resolution 1325 which requires all parties to take special measures to protect women and girls in armed conflict and stresses the critical role of women in all efforts to promote peace and security.
MFA released a statement saying, "the news of the attack against the UNAMA during a demonstration that took place in the Balkh province in which 14 people including 7 UN personnel were killed and several others were wounded, have been received with profound sadness.