27 Taliban rebels killed in Afghan cleanup operations

KABUL: (MEP) – Twenty-seven Taliban rebels were killed during a series of cleanup operations in different Afghan provinces since Tuesday morning, said the country’s Interior Ministry on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

“In the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, army, National Security Directorate and the NATO-led troops carried out several cleanup operations, killing 27 armed Taliban insurgents,” the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.

They also injured ten militants and arrested seven others during the raids, which were launched in Nuristan, Baghlan, Kunduz, Kandahar, Wardak and Helmand provinces.

In addition, the Afghan National Police defused five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Faryab and Paktiya provinces.

The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has yet to make comment.

Earlier Wednesday morning, two Afghan army soldiers were wounded and one army van was damaged in an IED attack in Pul-e- Behsoud area of the eastern province of Nangarhar, provincial police spokesman Colonel Hazrat Husain Mashriqiwal told Xinhua.

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