News - Afghanistan
TOLOnews' May security report illustrates a 40 percent decrease against last month in civilian casualties amid a spike in the death toll of insurgents.
Compiled monthly on the basis of reports from security agencies, the roundup noted an 87 percent increase in insurgent fatalities, mostly from anti-insurgent operations which reportedly rose by 37 percent as compared to April's report.
This comes as the Taliban are reportedly engaged in large-scale attacks and bombings across the country as part of their summer offensive, which began in April.
Last month, based on the report, over 1,000 insecurity incidents took place around the country, mostly in southern Kandahar province.
Uruzgan, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Helmand and Herat are respectively reported as the five most unsafe provinces.
The report continued that a total of 4,672 insurgents were killed during the month, a sharp spike in the causality toll as compared to the past few months.
In addition, the security forces also suffered a 33 percent increase in its casualty toll against April, recording a total of 331 soldiers killed across the country.
"From the beginning of this year, the enemies have been trying to take control of several parts of the country," said Najib Danish, deputy spokesperson of interior ministry. "From now onwards, we are planning to carry out suppressive operations instead of responsive ones."
However, unlike in previous month's statistics, the civilian casualty toll decreased by 40 percent, leaving 153 people dead as a result of insurgents' armed attacks and bombings.
During the month, the security forces conducted 577 raids throughout the country which included 156 incidents of arrests of insurgents and the seizing of their caches of arms and explosives.
Meanwhile a number of MPs urged the government to praise the security forces and encourage them with more rights and privileges.
"The security forces must be appreciated to encourage them more in their efforts," female MP Fawzia Raoufi emphasized.
Overall, a total of 60 bombings and IED explosions occurred in May, the report reads.
Furthermore, the report also attributed 47 incidents of abductions and other violence to the insurgents. 124 people were reportedly abducted by insurgents during the month.
The other major cause of death among insurgents was air strikes which totaled about 20.
In addition, the report included 10 unprecedented incidents of fighting between the Taliban and Daesh militants.