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123 insurgents killed in security ops

AT-KABUL: At least 123 armed Taliban fighters were killed and 121 others were wounded in different crackdowns within the past 24 hours.

In a press release issued here, Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that Afghan National Army (ANA) in collaboration with Afghan National Police (ANP) and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) has conducted clearance operations against insurgents in different areas of Nangarhar, Kunar, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktia, Ghor and Farah provinces. In these operations 103 rebels were eliminated and 97 others injured.

MoD said that 17 ANA soldiers have lost their lives in the operations.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Interior said that 20 Taliban fighters were killed and 24 others wounded in various districts of Takhar, Kunduz, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul, Jowzjan, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Logar, Ghazni, Khost, Paktika and Helmand provinces.

At least 10 insurgents were arrested in the joint operations and were handed over to the relevant judicial body for interrogation, the ministry said in a statement.

ANP and ANA recovered huge cache of weapons in the operations, the ministries claimed.

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