Afghan police deaths double as US troops withdraw
Almost twelve years after coalition forces invaded Afghanistan, swathes of territory are firmly under Taliban control and Afghan troops are still heavily reliant on foreign air support, particularly in remote areas.
Their lighter vehicles make them particularly vulnerable to roadside bombs.
Interior Ministry figures published on Monday showed 1,792 police have been killed since March, most of them by roadside bombs, the same number who died in the preceding 12 months, according to data published on Monday.
It is one of the highest police death rates in the world and raises further questions over how the government will be able to keep the Taliban at bay once foreign troops have withdrawn fully fromAfghanistan at the end of 2014.
"Afghan police are not as well equipped as foreign troops," said interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. "Afghan police forces are in the first line of defence and more exposed to insurgents' attacks."
Voice of Russia, Reuters