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Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Sunday expressed its concern over an increasing civilian deaths, calling on the insurgent groups to stop using roadside bombs.

Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, have been the largest single killer of civilians in the Afghan war, which is used by insurgent groups to target foreign and Afghan troops.

"Women and children casualties is increased compared to last year. IEDs threat civilians more than it is believed," said Musa Mahmoudi, AIHRC's Executive Director.

The commission attributed 68 percent of civilian casualties in the first six months of this year to the insurgent groups, mainly caused by roadside bombs.

"Continuation of using such tools is not acceptable and is a matter of concern to us," Mahmoudi told reporters in Kabul.

The commission asked the insurgents to pay respect to Islamic and human values in their military operations.

In a roadside bombing on Friday, at least 11 civilians were killed and 4 others were injured in western Farah province.

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