September 28th, 2015 11:54 EST
UN Condemns Deadly Suicide Attack at Volleyball Game in Afghanistan
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned Sunday`s suicide attack at a volleyball game in the south-eastern province of Paktika that killed at least 17 civilians and injured at least 60 more, most of them children.
An attack deliberately targeting a group of civilians playing volleyball is an act bereft of humanity and clearly violates national and international law, " said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General`s Deputy Special Representative and acting head of UNAMA.
This attack reflects the intent to destroy lives and spread terror among the civilian population. "
According to a news release issued by the Mission, a suicide attacker detonated an improvised explosive device at the event, which took place in Zarghun Shahr district.
UNAMA reiterated that attacks directed against civilians and civilian locations are grave violations of international humanitarian law which parties to the armed conflict " including all anti-Government elements " must uphold.
A UN report released last month noted that civilians continued to bear the brunt of the Afghan conflict, and projected that casualties will equal or exceed the record high numbers documented last year.
Improvised explosive devices, along with ground engagements, complex and suicide attacks and targeted killings, accounted for the vast majority " 90 per cent " of civilian casualties recorded in the first half of 2015, according to the report.
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