AT-KABUL: At least 90 Taliban militants have been killed in a military offensive launched by Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province, said an official source on Saturday.
Hazrat Hussian Mashriqiwal, a spokesman for Nangarhar police, said that the military operations were conducted in Hesarak, Sherzad and Khogyani districts of the province. He said that security forces killed 91 militants, wounded 62 and detained 11 others as result of the operations. A Pakistani citizen was also among those arrested during the operations, he added.
Mashriqiwal said that the offensives are aimed at clearing the district of Taliban, adding that the operations will continue for one month. He said that security forces have cleared some 34 villages of the Taliban militants.
“Security forces also managed to reopen transit route to Sherzad and Hesarak districts, that remained close for one year,” he added.
He said that five military soldiers and a policeman were wounded in the offensives.
Afghan forces frequently conduct large-scale military offensives against insurgents in militancy-inflected areas.