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Nearly 300 Afghan Security Forces Killed in Month

Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says insurgents killed nearly 300 Afghan local and national police during the last month, as casualties have continued to mount among local forces since NATO-led coalition troops transferred responsibility for combat operations.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told reporters Monday that 299 police were killed from May 10 to June 13 and another 618 wounded, a 22 percent increase from the same period last year.

In the same time span, Sediqqi said 753 militants had been killed in joint operations with the military and others, and more than 300 arrested. He said 180 civilians were also killed.

ISAF confirmed that casualties among NATO-led international forces are currently at a 5-year low. The NATO coalition in June handed over all security operations across the country to Afghan forces.

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