71 militants killed
KABUL: Seventy-one militants and five policemen were killed over the past 24 hours in separate security-related incidents in different parts of the country, officials said on Wednesday.
Up to 37 militants were killed, 14 wounded and three others detained in separate joint operations by Afghan security troops and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Laghman, Parwan, Kunduz, Sar-i-Pul, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan and Farah provinces, said a Ministry of Interior statement.
Different kinds of weapons, ammunitions and two motorcycles were also seized by security personnel, the statement said.
However, Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, rejected the claims and said they inflicted casualties on security personnel and destroyed military vehicles.
Meanwhile, 28 Taliban fighters were killed in two operations, supported by NATO air strike on Tuesday night in the Zazai Aryub and Chamkani districts of the southeastern Paktia province, said the head of governor’s office Esmatullah Yousufi.
Twenty militants were killed in Samkani district while eight others died in Zazai Aryub district, he said.
An ISAF statement said foreign troops killed several militants in the airstrike during operations conducted to capture a Haqqani commander.
However, Mujahid only confirmed casualties on four fighters during the clash with coalition forces.
Separately, four Taliban fighters were killed and eight others wounded during cleanup operations on Tuesday in the Marja, Nava, Nadali and Garmser districts of Helmand province, police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang said.
A policeman was also killed and two injured in the operations, while two bomb planters shot dead when they were planting a roadside bomb in the province, he added.
A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, claimed they killed 10 policemen during the operations.
Meanwhile, four policemen were killed on Wednesday morning in a roadside bombing in the Musa Qala district of the province, the governor’s spokesman Daud Ahmadi said.
But Ahmadi claimed five policemen died in the detonation.
In another incident, two policemen were killed and two others injured when a remote controlled bomb hit a police vehicle in the Hazrat Sultan area on the outskirts of Kunduz city, said the governor’s spokesman Anayatullah Khaleeq.
But Taliban said seven policemen lost their lives in the blast.__(PAN)
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