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UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan condemns deadly attack in Kabul


United Nations: The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned what it called “indiscriminate attack” in Kabul, which has killed at least eight civilians and injured more than 200 others, a UN spokesman said here.

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Nicholas Haysom, UN secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan, on Friday reiterated the Mission’s repeated calls for the immediate ban on weapons which have been used to kill and maim indiscriminately, and to cease attacks in civilian-populated areas, Xinhua quoted UN spokesman Stephane Duarric as saying.

Earlier this week, the UN mission released its latest report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan, documenting nearly 5,000 casualties, including more than 1,500 deaths in the first half of 2015.

Reports said 240 civilians, including 47 women and three children were wounded in the blast which took place at around 1.00 a.m. on Friday in a populated area in the Afghan capital.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the incident, reports hinted Taliban was behind the deadly attack.


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More Than 7,000 People in Afghanistan Infected with HIV: WHO Report

Another HIV patient Omar, said: "If we go to hospitals and tell them that we have HIV Aids, they don't treat us."

A study by WHO revealed that most of the European women with HIV are diagnosed at a late stage. Wikimedia Commons

Some 7,200 people in Afghanistan were estimated to be HIV positive, according to figures released by the the World Health Organization (WHO).

Marking World Aids Day, the WHO on Sunday called for a broader public awareness campaign in Afghanistan to deal with the issue, reports TOLO News.

But the Afghan Ministry of Public Health said that it registered only 2,883 cases of HIV in the country.

“According to our statistics, there are 2,883 cases of HIV registered in the country. The 7,200 cases reported by the World Health Organization are only an estimate,” said Fida Mohammad Paikan, deputy minister of public health.

Stimulation of the wound healing response during early infection could have a protective effect against disease like AIDS from the HIV infection. Pixabay

Referring to factors behind the spread of the virus, Paikan said: “Last year the Ministry of Public Health registered 183 cases of HIV, and the figure has decreased to 150 new cases this year. But we need to undertake a comprehensive study to determine the exact number of those suffering from the disease.”

Victims however, have complained of social discrimination.

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Mohammad Idris, who contracted the disease from an infected needle during a drug injection, told TOLO News: “We are facing a lot of problems because we cannot share about our illness with others.”

Another HIV patient Omar, said: “If we go to hospitals and tell them that we have HIV Aids, they don’t treat us.” (IANS)