A wreckage of a bus which carried employees of an Afghan television station and was bombed in May is seen in Kabul, Afghanistan [File: Omar Sobhani/Reuters]

Almost 1,300 civilians, including hundreds of children, have been killed in Afghanistan in the first six months of the year, according to the United Nations.

In a new report published on Monday, the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said the country remains one of the deadliest conflicts in the world for civilians.

It said it had documented at least 1,282 civilian deaths from January to June, with another 2,176 people wounded in the same period. Those numbers include 340 children killed and another 727 wounded.

“At a time when the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban have

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