More than 100 die in week of Afghan violence: Government
Last Updated: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 22:02
Kabul: More than 100 people including dozens of civilians were killed in violence related to Afghanistan's ongoing war against the Taliban in the past week, authorities said Sunday.

The interior ministry registered about 144 insurgency-related incidents -- mostly roadside bombings and militant ambushes -- from April 11-18, spokesman Zemarai Bashary said.

A total of 117 people -- 36 of them civilians, 20 policemen and more than 60 insurgents -- were killed in the incidents, he told reporters.

Another 100 civilians, 39 police officers and more than a dozen rebels, were injured in the attacks, he said.

Most of the rebels were killed in an operation by Afghan and international forces against Taliban-linked militants in the restive northern province of Baghlan, he said.

In the same period, nine Western soldiers, part of the international military deployment under NATO and the United States, were killed, according to an AFP count based on the website which tracks coalition deaths.

The latest death was reported today by NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which said a foreign soldier had been killed by a roadside bomb in the most volatile part of the country.


First Published: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 22:02

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