The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said 2,798 Afghan civilians died in the first nine months of this year, while another 5,252 were wounded.
There were 649 Afghans killed or injured by air strikes in the first nine months of 2018. That is more than in any full-year period since UNAMA began keeping records in 2009. It represents an increase of 39 percent over the same period in the previous year.
UNAMA blamed most of the civilian deaths and injuries on suicide attacks carried out by militants.
The Taliban, Afghanistan’s largest militant group, was responsible for 35 percent of the attacks and the “Islamic State” (IS) accounted for 25 percent, according to UNAMA.