Added by James Morley on October 6, 2010
On Tuesday, eight civilians and one policeman were killed in South Kandahar when insurgent forces ambushed a police convoy. 25 other people were also wounded in the attack. Even though there is an international force of almost 150.000 present, the insurgent ambushes have gotten worse since 2001 when the Taliban reign was overthrown.
The Thursday attack started when insurgent forces attacked the patrol near the outskirts of Kandahar. According to the provincial governor’s spokesman, Zalmay Ayubi, five separate explosions were heard. Reportedly, most of the victims were women and children.
During these attacks it has become very common for civilians to get caught in the crossfire, with deaths amongst civilians climbing with 31 per cent since 2009.
On Tuesday, ISAF said that a former Kandahar governor and a deputy mayor were killed in the province.
A recent U.S. led offensive meant to drive the insurgents away from the population has sparked numerous violent confrontations with the militants. 2.000 foreign troops have so far died since the start of the Afghan war.
Insurgent troops have begun, besides targeting foreign and Afghan forces, to kill local officials in a bid to destabilize the government.