487 killed in Afghanistan in past month: Official

At least 487 people, including Taliban insurgents, civilians and policemen, have been killed in insurgency-hit Afghanistan in the past month, Xinhua reported Sunday quoting a senior official.

Kabul: At least 487 people, including Taliban insurgents, civilians and policemen, have been killed in insurgency-hit Afghanistan in the past month, Xinhua reported Sunday quoting a senior official.

About 325 Taliban insurgents, 83 civilians and 79 policemen have been killed over the past month, spokesman of the country`s interior ministry Zamarai Bashari said.

"As many as 440 subversive and terrorist activities including insurgent-directed attacks, suicide bombings and improvised explosive device (IED) explosions have been registered in the month of Hamal or the first month of the Afghan calendar," Bashari told reporters at a weekly press conference here.

The casualties have been reported from March 21 till April 20, he said.

According to Bashari, a total of 260 civilians, 207 police personnel as well as 65 militants have also been injured over the period.

He said some 767 Taliban insurgents and other anti-government militants had been arrested by police.

Police also found and defused a total of 749 IEDs and roadside bombs throughout the country during the same period, besides seizing of 477 weapons, he said.

IANS

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