Increase in Isis suicide bombings and US-led airstrikes blamed for nearly 4,000 deaths

A record number of civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year according to a UN report, which blames an increase in suicide bombings by Islamic State and airstrikes by US-led coalition forces.

In its annual report published on Sunday, the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said 3,804 civilians were killed in 2018, the highest toll since it began compiling figures in 2009. Another 7,189 were wounded.

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