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)