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Rawalpindi: Over 30,000 Pakistani civilians and armed forces personnel have been killed or injured since the global war on terror began in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, while over 17,000 terrorists have been killed or captured, the country’s military said Thursday.
According to data released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), from 9/11 till now, 30,452 people have been killed or injured. These include 21,672 civilians and 8,785 military personnel.
In 2009 alone, when the Pakistani military went into action against the Taliban in the country’s restive northwest, 10,000 people were killed, Online news agency reported.
While the breakup of civilian casualties was not given, the ISPR said 78 Pakistani military officers and 2,273 soldiers were killed, while 6,512 were injured.
Pakistan has seen a rash of terror attacks and suicide bombings in the last nine years that have largely targeted civilians, killing a number of women and children.
According to ISPR, 10 soldiers were killed every day since 2009, while 1,582 Afghanistan based US and NATO troops have been killed.
ISPR said 17,742 terrorists had been killed and captured since the war on terror began.
It also pointed out that Pakistan had set up 821 check-posts along the hostile Pakistan-Afghanistan border while the coalition forces in Afghanistan had only set up 112.
Some 140,000 Pakistani troops are manning the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to check infiltration of terrorists and other suspicious activities while the coalition has 100,000 of its troops on the frontier, ISPR said.
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