79 killed, 127 injured last week
KABUL (PAN): Seventy-nine people, including Taliban fighters, civilians and policemen, were killed and another 127 wounded in violence across the country last week, the Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday.
The fatalities included 44 civilian deaths, indicating a 61 percent decrease, compared to the previous week's toll, Zmaray Bashari, spokesman for the ministry, told a weekly press conference in Kabul.
Most of civilian deaths resulted from suicide assaults, roadside bombings and gun attacks, he said. Another 56 civilians were wounded. Twenty-five insurgents were killed and 15 others injured.
Casualties among police declined by 29 percent, compared to the previous week, Bashari said. A dozen police officials were killed and 56 others wounded during the week. Fatalities inflicted on insurgents fell by 77 percent.
At least 66 violence-related incidents and 132 crime incidents, including murder, kidnappings, robberies and fraud, took place across the country, the spokesman said. About 227 suspects were detained.
Nearly 11 tonnes of narcotics were seized and five opium-processing laboratories destroyed in Nangarhar and Helmand provinces. Sixty-one suspects were arrested in this regard, Bashari said.
The week saw a 39 percent surge in crime incidents, the official said, adding the ministry was working to strengthen local police to improve the security situation. About 5,500 people were recently recruited into local police.
The provinces where local police forces have been deployed include Uruzgan, Farah, Kandahar, Paktia, Paktika, Kunduz, Takhar, Badghis, Zabul and Helmand.
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