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70 insurgents, 10 troops killed in military ops’

AT-KABUL: Seventy militants and 10 troops were killed in different military operations launched in various parts of the country.

In a media statement issued here on Saturday, Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that 70 militants and 10 Afghan National Army (ANA) troops were killed within the past 48 hours. The MoD said that gunfight and landmine blasts were main cause of the ANA casualties.

The ministry said that the operations against anti-state elements were launched in Nijrab district of Kapisa, Shawak of Paktika, Surab, Chinar Tu, Derawoud, Charchino and Khas Urozgan of Urozgan province, Juram, Baharak, Yamgan and Wardouj districts of Badakhshan, Suzhma Qala of Sar-i-Pul, Kajaki of Helmand, Qaisar of Faryab, Herat and Nangarhar provinces.

The ministry also claimed of recovering huge cache of weapons, but did not provide exact details. According to the statement, the ANA bomb disposal squad also defused improvised explosive devices.

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