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93 insurgents killed in raids

AT-KABUL: At least 93 Taliban insurgents were killed and 62 others wounded in different operations launched by the security forces within the past 24 hours across the county, security officials said on Sunday.

The national army with the cooperation of the national police and the national directorate of security operatives, conducted clearance operations against insurgents in different areas of Nangarhar, Kunar, Ghazni, Paktia, Paktika, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Ghor, Badghis, Herat, Farah, Faryab, Baghlan, Kunduz, and Helmand provinces, the defense ministry said in a statement.

In these operations, 93 insurgents including five Daesh terrorists were killed and 62 others injured, it said. According to statement seven insurgents arrested during the operation.

Unfortunately, eight soldiers were also killed during the clashes.

Separately, the counter-terrorism forces confiscated a truck carrying at least 1,000 kilogram of explosives in eastern Kunar province, security official said.

In a statement the Ministry of Interior said three suspects including two Pakistani nationals were also arrested in connection to the transportation of the explosives.

It added that the explosives were of ammonium nitrate types which are mainly used to manufacture Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

According to statement, the transportation of the explosives in a bus carrying Pakistani registration plate shows that the terrorist groups on the other side of the Durand Line are attempting to stage attacks in the country.

This comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for remaining reckless to act against the terrorist groups using its soil to plan and coordinate attacks in the country.

The Afghan officials are saying that the leadership councils of the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in Quetta and Peshawar cities of Pakistan.

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