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UN says Afghan civilian casualties in Sangin market caused by army mortars

01 Jul 2020 1TV News

Monday's civilian casualties at a market in Sangin district of Afghanistan's southern Helmand province were caused by mortars fired by army, the United Nations said

At least 28 civilians were killed while 14 more were wounded at the market, according to local officials who said the casualties happened as a result of Taliban firing four rockets and a car bomb explosion.

"Multiple credible sources assert that the ANA fired lethal mortars in response to Taliban fire, missing intended target," the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said, referring to Afghan National Army.

"Both parties must stop fighting in civilian-populated areas. Such indirect fire incidents in ground engagements cause 1000s of civilian casualties each year. Dozens were killed and injured in Monday’s incident, including children. Final number of casualties to be verified," UNAMA said.

It urged the Afghan government to set up independent investigation team for the incident, adding it is prepared to assist all parties, the victims and their families in establishing the facts.

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