MoD hides rising injury toll of Taliban bombs
by Michael Smith and Brendan Montague
MORE than 100 British soldiers have suffered amputations and other debilitating injuries in the past year in Afghanistan, according to previously suppressed Ministry of Defence (MoD) figures that reveal the true toll of the Talibanâs roadside bombing campaign.
The number of troops losing limbs or eyes, suffering serious burns or permanent brain damage has increased dramatically since August 2007 when the Taliban intensified their efforts.
During the past 18 months, 37 of the 71 British troops killed are known to have been the victims of roadside bombs or mines, but the number of troops disabled in the attacks has never been fully disclosed.
Figures obtained by The Sunday Times from medical sources show that 37 soldiers suffered âlife-changing injuriesâ between April 2006, when they first deployed to southern Afghanistan, and the end of that year.
There were 55 such injuries during the whole of 2007. Last year the figures more than doubled to 114 and there have been 12 cases this year. ...
Sunday Times article