Increasing number of Afghan children caught in crossfire – UN official
Anti-Government forces killed 11 children during a suicide attack against members of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on 15 June in Uruzgan province. In addition, they have been targeting schools, including the 12 June attack outside a girls’ school near Kabul that left two students dead and several injured.
“The anti-Government forces are also suspected of using children as human shields,” added Ms. Coomaraswamy.
She also expressed concern over reports that international coalition forces accidentally killed seven Afghan children in an air strike in Paktika province.
Yesterday, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Chris Alexander, denounced the recent wave of terrorism in Afghanistan, citing in particular the devastation wrought by the attack on schoolchildren.
“Those responsible for these attacks – those who have killed hundreds of Afghan civilians this year in cold blood – are committing brutal crimes. These are crimes against the holy religion of Islam; they are crimes against humanity,” he said.