An Afghan National Army officer escorts a slightly injured boy from the site of a suicide attack on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan February 8, 2016. REUTERS/ Anil Usyan
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The number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan in 2015 was the highest recorded since 2009, the U.N. said in a new report Sunday, with children paying a particularly heavy price.There were 11,002 civilian casualties in 2015 including 3,545 deaths, the U.N. said in its annual report on civilians in armed conflict, a four percent rise over the previous high in 2014 . Seventeen percent of all casualties in 2015 were caused by such forces -- a 28 percent increase over 2014 -- the report said.One in every four casualties was a child, with the report documenting a 14 percent increase in child casualties over the year.One in every ten casualties recorded was a woman, the report said.
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