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UN: Afghan citizens killed, injured rising sharply

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United Nations says the number of Afghan civilians killed or wounded rose 31 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year.

The U.N. in Afghanistan said Tuesday that anti-government forces were responsible for 76 percent of the casualties -- up from 53 percent last year.

Staffan De Mistura, the top U.N. envoy in Afghanistan, introduced the world body's latest civilian casualty report, saying "the human cost" of the war in Afghanistan is "increasing substantially."

According to the U.N. report, 1,271 Afghans died and 1,997 were injured in the first six months of the year.

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