People killed and wounded after a bomb blast in the center of the Afghan capital

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The attack occurred after a U.N. report released Wednesday said that the highest number of women and children on record were killed or wounded by the conflict in Afghanistan during the first six months of the year.Child casualties swelled by 13 percent during the same period with 320 killed and 950 injured. Around 70 percent of civilian casualties were caused by militants battling government forces and their supporters. The Afghan government has been battling militants since the Taliban was toppled by U.S.-backed forces in 2001, although hostilities civilian casualties have grown as the the U.S. forces withdraw from the battlefield. The Taliban’s top brass fell also into a leadership battle after the death of leader Mullah Omar was announced last week.

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