AT-KABUL: As many as 66 armed Taliban fighters were killed and 53 others were wounded in different crackdowns within past 24 hours.
In a press release issued here, Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that Afghan National Police (ANP) in collaboration with Afghan National Army (ANA) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) has conducted clearance operations against insurgents in different areas of Kandahar, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Nangarhar, Baghlan and Paktiya provinces. In these operations 32 rebels were eliminated and 20 others injured.
Meanwhile, MoD in a statement said that 34 Taliban fighters were killed and 33 others wounded in joint operation in various districts of Laghman, Parwan, Nangarhar, Logar, Ghazni, Herat, Farah, Takhar, Ghor and Baghlan provinces.
Five insurgents were also arrested in the crackdowns and were handed over to the relevant authorities for interrogation, added the statement. ANA and ANP recovered huge cache of weapons in the operations as well, claimed the two ministries.
Two ANA soldiers were killed in landmine blasts and rocket shelling by the Taliban in different provinces.