Kabul: The US-led coalition says insurgent attacks in Afghanistan during the past three months were up 11 percent, compared to the same period last year.
The latest statistics also say that the number of attacks in June was the highest for any month since fighting surged in the summer of 2010.
Nato released the figures on Thursday. They indicate a disturbing uptick in attacks at a time when foreign troops are leaving and insurgents are trying to prove they remain a potent force.
The coalition offered two possible reasons for the uptick. It says a shortened poppy harvesting season prompted insurgents to start their spring offensive earlier this year. Also, with more Afghan security forces on the ground and taking the lead in more operations, more of them are getting killed.