AT-KABUL: At least 143 Taliban insurgents were killed and 109 others wounded in joint operations against anti-Afghanistan elements in past 48 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 Takhar, Maidan Wardak, Kunduz, Faryab, Kunar, Paktia, Ghazni, Khost, Nangarhar, Herat, Urzgan and Helmand provinces. In these operations 127 rebels were eliminated including three landmine planters and 93 others injured.
Twelve ANA soldiers also lost their lives in the line of duty in the military operations.
According to another statement issued by Ministry of Interior, 16 Taliban militants were killed and 16 others wounded in joint operations in various districts of Kunduz, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Paktia and Helmand provinces
Five insurgents were also arrested in the crackdowns by ANA and were handed over to relevant authorities for interrogation, the statement said.
ANP and ANA recovered huge cache of weapons in the operations as well, the ministries claimed.