ICRC: Pakistan casualties risen since bin Laden death

By REUTERS
July 11, 2011 14:55

GENEVA - Casualties from violence across Pakistan since the US killing of Osama bin Laden in May have soared, with many more maimed and injured people going to humanitarian clinics, the ICRC said on Monday.

Pascal Cuttat, outgoing head of operations in the country for the Swiss-based International Committee of the Red Cross, told reporters another effect of bin Laden's death was an increased suspicion of foreigners, including aid workers.

"Violence has increased considerably since bin Laden was killed, and has spread into urban areas," said Cuttat. "We are seeing increasing numbers coming into our medical and orthopaedic centers, more than we have seen for many years.


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