2010 Death Toll: Over 10,000 Die in Afghan Violence… Over 13,000 Die in Mexican Violence
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The bodies of three men lie together after being placed in the back of a funeral home’s pick-up truck after they were killed by unidentified gunmen in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday Dec. 5, 2010. At least 11 men have been killed this weekend as authorities say the battle for control of a fractured drug cartel is responsible for the rising violence in Acapulco. (AP /Bernandino Hernandez)
In Afghanistan over 10,000 people died in violent attacks in 2010.
The Daily Times reported:
KABUL: More than 10,000 people, about a fifth of them civilians, lost their lives in violence in Afghanistan last year, an AFP count, based on official figures and an independent website tally showed on Sunday.
While Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary revealed new figures for the number of civilians, police and militants killed in 2010 — a total of 8,560 people. In addition, the Afghan Defence Ministry said that 810 Afghan soldiers died in 2010, while independent website icasualties.org put the total death toll for international troops last year at 711.
That brought the overall number of dead from the war last year to 10,081, according to an AFP calculation. While, last year was the deadliest yet in Afghanistan’s nine-year war for international troops, according to the icasualties tally.
Meanwhile, in Mexico over 13,000 were killed in violent attacks in 2010.
The Dallas News reported:
Mexico’s drug violence in 2010 was striking not only for its scale but also for its brutality.
In the northern city of Santiago, the mayor’s body was found with the eyes gouged out. In the picturesque town of Cuernavaca, four decapitated men were hanged from a bridge along a heavily traveled highway. And in Ciudad Juárez this week, two university students were hunted through a maze of streets and killed with bullets to the head, their bodies set on fire.
In 2010, the levels of Mexican violence and the kind of extreme cruelty once reserved for Quentin Tarantino movies reached new heights, not just along the Texas-Mexico border, but in regions that were once spared such bloodshed. More than 13,000 people were killed across the country in drug violence, up from an estimated 9,600 a year earlier.
More… In 2010 over 100 police officers were murdered in the Mexican town of Juarez alone, where the drug-related death toll exceeded 3,100 during that same 12-month span.