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18 insurgents killed in raids: MoD

AT-KABUL: Eighteen armed insurgents were killed in separate raids in the north and south of the country in the past 24 hours, security officials said Monday.

In a   press   release,   Ministry   of   Defense   (MoD)   said   that   the   security   forces conducted operations against the insurgents in different areas of Baghlan, Uruzgan and Helmand provinces. “In these operations, eighteen militants were killed,” the statement said. The statement added that    the security forces also arrested five suspects including an   individual involved   in kidnapping cases   from   Sar   Hawaza   area   of   Paktika province.    Unfortunately,   four   army   soldiers   were   martyred   during   the   operations,   the statement said. There has been a steep rise in the number of the Afghan army casualties since they took control of the security responsibilities from the coalition forces at the end of2014.

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