Interior Ministry Concerned by Increase in Police Casualties

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IEDs or suicide attacks kill an average of six to 10 policemen daily, according to the ministry or interior, which expressed worry over the number of deaths but said the police suffers only a minimal number of losses in face-to-face battles with insurgents.

"We are very distressed by the increase in casualties of the national police. Unfortunately, our police force suffers losses every day and are forced to struggle to defend their soil and face losses," said Seddiq Seddiqi, spokesperson of the ministry of interior affairs.

According to officials, over the last two days alone, IED and suicide attacks have killed 19 policemen in the provinces of Farah, Kandahar, and Kunduz.

But Seddiqi rejected that the casualties might have a negative effect on police morale.

"The casualties would have no negative effect on the motivation and morale of the national police, and it might even boost their morale to fight better to defend their soil," Seddiqi said.

While the interior ministry is worried by the losses of the Afghan National Police, the country's defense ministry has said that the army's casualties have actually dropped.

"According to the ministry's figures of national army's casualties, the losses have decreased compared to last year," said Gen. Zahir Azimi, defense ministry spokesman.

The defense ministry's statistics show that over the second half of 1390 (September 2011 to March 2012), 479 soldiers were killed, while in the first half of 1391 (March 2012 to October 2012), the number was 463, nearly a one-percent decrease.

The defense ministry also said that 80 percent of the current operations are carried out entirely by Afghan forces.

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