Kabul: The Taliban insurgents have killed nearly one thousand civilians along with 850 policemen and 220 foreign soldiers in their attacks, ambushes, suicide attacks, IEDs and target killings during the last nine months of 2007, the deadliest year since the extremist militia was ousted by U.S. forces in 2001.
These figures were provided by Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman, Zemarai Bashari, in a press conference Monday.
The latest deadly attack, according to the spokesman, was the killing of 16 policemen in Maiwand district of Southern Kandahar province on Saturday when the insurgents ambushed them and they went missed, but later it was known that they were killed.
Besides this, according to media estimates, 220 foreign troops also have been killed this year.
Thousands of civilians and Taliban insurgents, including their top military leader like Mullah Dadullah and others, were killed in foreign troops’ attacks and bombings in different parts of the country.
2007 was the deadliest year as there were more suicide attacks and ambushes from the insurgents. It was believed that their attacks were decreased in the recent months. President Hamid Karzai told media during his recent visit to Islamabad that the rebel attacks were cut down to 65 percent recently.