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14 Afghan civilians killed within week: gov't


16:34, February 20, 2012

KABUL, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- A total of 14 Afghan civilians were killed in Afghanistan in the past week, the country's Interior Ministry said on Monday.

"Fourteen civilians had been killed in militant's attacks and subversive activities over the past one week in the country," the ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, 20 more civilians had been injured over the mentioned period of time.

The statement also said that 54 terrorist attacks including 28 Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts had been registered across the country over the past week.

Twenty policemen had been killed and 44 other police personnel got injured over the same period of time, the statement added.

The statement also said that some 39 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 138 other suspected insurgents were detained by Afghan police over the past week.

The civilian casualties has increased for a fifth successive year as a total of 3,021 Afghan civilians were killed in 2011, an 8 percent rise over the same period of 2010, according to a United Nations annual report released in Kabul on Feb. 4.

The U.N. report attributed 77 percent of the civilian deaths last year to the attacks of Taliban insurgents and other armed groups opposing the Afghan government. Another 14 percent of the deaths were attributed to Afghan and NATO-led forces and 9 percent were unattributed.


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