53 militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, Sep 20 (IANS) At least 53 Taliban militants have been killed in military operations in 15 provinces of Afghanistan, the defence ministry said on Sunday.

“The Afghan Army carried out military operations, killing 53 terrorists, injuring 43 and detaining 11 suspected militants over the past 24 hours,” Xinhua news agency quoted the ministry as saying.

Seven soldiers were also killed during this period, he said.

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