According to the United Nations, civilian casualties in sectarian attacks across Afghanistan, primarily targeting Shia mosques, have sharply risen over the past two years.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has so far documented 51 attacks of this sort since January 2016.

The incidents have claimed the lives of over 270 people and injured some 600 others. The figure is said to be nearly twice the recorded figures of the previous 7 years.

Most of the attacks against Shia Muslims were claimed by ISIS terrorist group. The Shia minority accuse Afghanistan’s government of ignoring their needs.

The UN mission has called on the Afghan government to take more serious measures in protecting people and places of worship from attacks.

Three weeks ago, two Shia mosques were targeted with deadly explosions. One of the mosques was in the capital Kabul and the other in the central province of Ghhor, killing at least 72 people.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Afghanistan in recent weeks as a result of deadly attacks by Taliban and ISIS militants, with ISIS targeting Shia Muslims – whom are considered apostates by some extremist groups – and civilian targets.

Taliban, on the other hand, mostly hit security forces.

The two terrorist groups continue to target government and civilians in the war-torn country.