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Targeted killings in Afghanistan up 53%

An insurgent assassination campaign against people working with the government or Nato forces has seen the number of targeted killings in Afghanistan climb by more than half, the United Nations said.

By , Kabul  The Telegraph  August 8, 2012

Government workers, tribal elders, contractors and those alleged to spy for foreigners have all been targeted in a wave of killings in the first six months of the year.

A total of 255 civilians were executed and 101 wounded in the attacks in the first half of the year, up 53 per cent from a year earlier.

The overall number of civilians killed in the conflict fell over the same period, but officials said they feared the decline was in part due to a bitter winter and heavy snowfall rather than improving security.

Civilians were still being killed at “alarmingly high levels”, with four fifths of deaths attributed to attacks by the Taliban-led insurgency.

Indiscriminate insurgent bombs and suicide attacks remained the biggest threat to civilians. The proportion killed by Afghan government or Nato forces has dropped to around 10 per cent.

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August 8, 2012 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Safety and Security Issues | , , ,

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