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115 killed last week: Bashari

115 killed last week: Bashari

May 08, 2011 - 17:38

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Twenty-three civilians were among 115 people killed during violence-related incidents across the country over the past one week, an official said on Sunday.

The dead included 23 civilians, 62 Talibaninfo-icon insurgents and 30 policemen, the interior ministry spokesman, Zamarai Bashari, told a press conference in Kabul.

Another 147 people were wounded as a result of several attacks from insurgents, he said.

The incidents included suicide attacks, roadside bombings, ambushes and others carried out by the Taliban insurgents, he said, adding the injured included 65 civilians, 64 police and 18 insurgents.

The week also saw 182 militants were arrested, 46 planned attacks thwarted and 46 weapons seized, the official said.

As many as 142 criminal incidents happened across the country during last week. Another 88 terrorist incidents were foiled before happening and 131 suspects were arrested in this regard, Bashari said.

Also, more than 875 kilograms of drugs, including heroin, hashish and opium and 830 kilograms of chemicals used in producing heroin, were recovered by counternarcotics forces, he said.

About 35 people had been arrested on charges of smuggling drugs and chemicals, the ministry spokesman, said, adding 952 acres of land cultivated with poppy had also been eradicated during the week.


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