Average police death toll has decreased: MoI
KABUL (Pajhwok): The average fatalities among police force have declined during the past five months due to changing strategies, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday.
MoI spokesman Siddiqui Siddique told a press conference in Kabul unnecessary police patrols in dangerous areas had been the leading cause of casualties among police personnel.
He said new strategies formulated by the ministry had been effective in decreasing police fatalities. However, he said roadside bombs remained the leading cause of police deaths.
Siddique said the Ministry of Interior had launched efforts at increasing logistic supplies to areas, where the police faced more enemy threats.
He said the current average death toll for the police hovered between two and four fatalities a day, but sometimes a day passed off without witnessing police deaths.
He recalled the average death toll among the police stood at six to seven a day five months ago.
Statistics published by the Administrative Affairs Department show as many as 13,700 security personnel, including police and army, have been killed and 16,500 others maimed during the 13 years old conflict in Afghanistan.
The department said that 13,729 families of security force personnel had been awarded financial support after suffering a fatality, while another 16,511 families were compensated after a relative was wounded.
However, Siddique neither confirmed nor rejected the statistics, saying they were concerned over the deaths.
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