AFGHANISTAN--The number of civilians killed in the conflict rose eight per cent last year to reach 3,021 – with more than three-quarters caused by attacks from the Taliban-led insurgency.
The findings that on average more than eight Afghans a day are being killed are at odds with Nato assessments that violence is falling.
Deaths from suicide attacks rose more than 80 per cent to 431 over the year.
The number of suicide attacks did not rise, but "the nature of these attacks changed, becoming more complex, sometimes involving multiple suicide bombers, and designed to yield greater numbers of dead and injured civilians" the report found.
The worst was an attack outside a Kabul shrine in December that killed at least 56 and wounded 195 when a bomber detonated in a crowd of Shia worshippers celebrating the Ashura holiday. That attack was claimed by Pakistan-based militants. (Read more.)
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Civilian Deaths Rising in Afghanistan Due to More Sophisticated Suicide Attacks
When American or Israeli soldiers kill a Muslim civilian, even by accident, there are loud protests from Muslims, rioting, burning flags, etc. But when the Taliban kills thousands of Muslims per year, we don't hear a peep from Muslims. Any thoughts on why that is?