120 Afghans die in a week of carnage

The war in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of 120 people and injured over 100 more over the past week.

On Sunday, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said dozens of civilians were killed in another week of carnage.

He also confirmed that 20 policemen and scores of militants lost their lives in the past seven days.

The insurgents were killed in joint operations by Afghan forces and international troops, he added.

Afghan civilians — killed both by violent militant acts, including bombings and daily fighting, as well as by US military operations in the country — have been the main victims of the war.

The 120,000 foreign soldiers deployed in the country have not been able to stabilize Afghanistan.

But the occupiers still plan to deploy tens of thousands of additional foreign troops to the Central Asian country this year.

However, pundits predict the troop surge will only lead to a surge in violence while peace remains a distant dream for the people of Afghanistan.