The UN says that civilian casualties from roadside bombs in Afghanistan have increased by almost a third in the first nine months of this year.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement on October 20 that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) "killed 340 civilians and injured a further 599 over the past nine months, an increase of almost 30 per cent compared to the same period last year."
It added that "IEDs are by far the biggest killer of civilians in Afghanistan's armed conflict."
The agency called on the Taliban leadership "to publicly reiterate a ban on these weapons and to stop their use."
With reporting by dpa