Of the overall casualty numbers, 3,512 were children, of which 923 were killed and 2,589 injured - a 24 percent increase over the highest number previously recorded.
The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan rose to record-setting levels in 2016 - including a 25 percent surge in child victims - the United Nations said Monday.
The Taliban and other insurgents are still responsible for most civilian casualties.
In a press release issued by ARG (the Presidential Palace) it was stated that government had carefully studied the report released on Monday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on the civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016.
UNAMA attributed 20 percent of total civilian casualties to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) 2,281 civilian casualties (706 deaths and 1575 injured); two per cent to global military forces, 262 casualties (145 deaths and 117 injured); and two percent to pro-Government armed groups, 185 civilian casualties (52 deaths and 133 injured).
"The killing and maiming of thousands of Afghan civilians is deeply harrowing and largely preventable", Tadamichi Yamamoto, the United Nations' Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan told a news conference unveiling the figures [PDF link here].
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The remaining 1,099 civilian casualties (286 deaths and 813 injured) documented by the mission was attributed to unidentified anti-government elements where there was no public claim of responsibility.
Giving his own figures, Mujahid said foreign and Afghan forces were responsible for 77.1 percent, Islamic State or Daesh for 17.48 and Taliban for 12.42 percent of civilian casualties in 2016.
Within hours Afghan forces bolstered by reinforcements and air support repelled the militants, though fighting continued in the outskirts.
Airstrikes, including some carried out by US warplanes, accounted for 250 deaths and 340 injuries - double the 2015 figure and the highest since 2009. The group caused 899 civilian casualties, up from 82 in 2015, according to the report.
Civilian casualties caused by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces have been one of the most contentious issues in the 15-year campaign.
It documented a 66 percent increase in such deaths in 2016.