2,421 civilians killed in Afghanistan in 2010, mostly by insurgents: Report

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 02, 2011 08:50 hrs

The number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan since the United States-led invasion began in 2001 hit record levels last year, according to a new report.

According to the Kabul-based Afghanistan Rights Monitor, some 2,421 civilians were killed, most at the hands of insurgents.

"Over 3,270 were injured in conflict-related security incidents across Afghanistan," the BBC quoted the report, as saying.

The report said that the insurgents - the Taliban, the Haqqani group and others - are to blame for about 60 per cent of the deaths.

It also said that foreign troops were to blame for about a fifth of all deaths - a slight fall over the previous year.

The report also found that there has been a dramatic increase in assassinations carried out by insurgents - 400 in 2010, compared to 230 the year before. (ANI)

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