KABUL: At least 18 Taliban militants have been killed and eight others wounded in multiple extensive military crackdowns carried out by the Afghan security forces across the country in the past 24 hours, security officials said Saturday.
Ministry of Defense in a statement said the Afghan National Army (ANA) in collaboration with Afghan National Police (ANP) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) personal conducted joint operations against insurgents in different areas of Samangan, Paktika, Helmand, Maidan Wardak, Takhar, Kunduz and Farah provinces, in which 18 militants were killed and eight others wounded.
Afghan National Defense and Security Forces shelled and bombed the enemies’ positions and sanctuaries by artilleries and air forces.
During these operations, five Taliban fighters were killed and eight others wounded in Dar-e-Sof district of Samangan, five militants were killed in Zerok district of Paktika, two insurgents were killed in Nahr-e-Saraj district o Helmand, two rebels were killed in Nerkh district of Maidan Wardak, two militants were killed in Darqad district of Takhar, one insurgent was killed in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz and one rebels was killed in Khak-e-Safid district of Farah province.
In past 24 hours, 14 planed clearing operations, and Special Forces operations conducted in different provinces; also, Air Forces conducted aerial operations supporting Afghan National Army including six strikes on enemy’s sanctuaries.