KABUL (Reuters) - Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose by 20 percent in the first 10 months of this year compared with 2009, the United Nations said, with more than three-quarters killed or wounded as a result of insurgent attacks. In a quarterly report on Afghanistan this month, the United Nations said there were 6,215 civilian casualties from conflict-related incidents, including 2,412 deaths and 3,803 injuries, between January and the end of October this year. The Taliban and other insurgents, described in the report as anti-government elements, or AGEs, were responsible for 76 percent of the deaths or injuries suffered by civilians, up a quarter on the same period for last year. Civilians continued to bear the brunt of intensified armed conflict as civilian casualties, including deaths and injuries, increased by 20 percent in the first 10 months of 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the report. Insurgent suicide attacks and homemade bombs caused 998 deaths - 55 percent of the total attributed to AGEs - and wounded 2,062 civilians - 70 percent of the total attributed to AGEs, the report found. Deaths and injuries caused by pro-government forces, which includes US and NATO troops as well as Afghan army and police, accounted for 12 percent of all civilian casualties, an 18 percent drop on the same period last year, the report said. Of the 742 civilian casualties attributed to pro-government forces, air strikes caused the largest number, including 162 deaths and 120 injuries, it said.