10 000+ died in Afghan violence in 2010

2011-01-02 22:45

Kabul - More than 10 000 people, about a fifth of them civilians, lost their lives in violence in Afghanistan last year, an AFP count based on official figures and an independent website tally showed on Sunday.

Afghanistan's interior ministry spokesperson Zemarai Bashary revealed new figures for the number of civilians, police and militants killed in 2010 - a total of 8 560 people.

In addition, the Afghan defence ministry said that 810 Afghan soldiers died in 2010, while independent website puts the total death toll for international troops last year at 711.

That brings the overall number of dead from the war last year to 10 081, according to an AFP calculation.

Afghanistan has been in the grip of a Taliban insurgency since the hardline Islamists were ousted by a US-led invasion in 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks in the United States.

The Taliban were accused of sheltering al-Qaeda leaders linked to the attack.


Last year was the deadliest yet in Afghanistan's nine-year war for international troops, according to the icasualties tally.

Bashary said his ministry had recorded 2 043 civilian deaths caused by Taliban attacks and military operations targeting the militants.

This is lower than the 2 412 Afghan civilian deaths in the first 10 months of 2010 identified in a UN report last month. It said the toll was up 20% on the same period in 2009.

The UN has yet to release its figures for the whole year.

The interior ministry spokesperson added that 1 292 policemen were killed battling the Taliban and other insurgents last year.

Meanwhile, he said 5 225 militants were also killed in 2010 operations by the war-torn country's security forces and their international backers, a Nato-led force of about 140 000 troops.

Limited, conditions-based international troop withdrawals are due to start in July 2011 ahead of a planned handover of responsibility for security to Afghan forces by 2014.

  • Limelite - 2011-01-03 00:18

    So, in South Africa we have over 18000 dying a year in a time of peace, which is more than dies in a war torn country?? Well done ANC! Viva.

      Lestor - 2011-01-03 01:33

      be fair, from march 2009 to march 2010, it was only 16 834. Thats not a big number at all :/

  • ArtGee - 2011-01-03 03:55

    Jeez... in South Africa 10 000+ is "SMALL CHANGE"! SA beats Afganistan in DEATHS by almost DOUBLE??? ANC has to be so PROUD over these Stats! SAD TRUTH!

  • BigMoose - 2011-01-03 07:48

    Who said SA is not a war zone? High explosives used to bomb ATM's, cash-in-transit robberies carried out by trained squads of men armed with assault rifles, homes invaded by thugs wielding semi-automatic and automatic weapons, machine guns and pistols plundered from the security forces, police shot and killed in the line of duty, thousands of insurgents/refugees crossing our borders, hospitals flooded with casualties, women and children raped daily and this isn't a friggin' war zone? The ANC and its cadres are far from finished plundering, looting, raping and pillaging our country. This is a low-scale civil war, not a crime wave.

  • Ingwe - 2011-01-03 08:12

    This is quite shocking, more people die in South Africa during 2010 than Afghanistan, which is at war.

  • Wonderboy - 2011-01-03 08:16

    I wonder if these figures are correct. I also read that 700 NATO soldiers were killed during the year and if 2000 were civilians that must mean 7300 must be Afghan troops. The only diff in SA then is that the most people killed are civilian.

      Wonderboy - 2011-01-03 08:20

      Read Afghan troops as Govt and Taliban.

      Ingwe - 2011-01-03 08:49

      The article states 5225 were insurgents (Taiban and Al Qaeda)and 1292 were policemen which I assume includes Afghan soldiers, that equals 6517. While these figures are probably higher, especially for the number of insurgents, it is still shocking that we as South Africa come anywhere close, let alone have more killings compared to a country at war.

      Ingwe - 2011-01-03 08:50

      Apologies 1292 Afghan policemen and 810 Afghan soldiers.

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