97 militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, Oct 26 (IANS) At least 97 militants have been killed in cleanup operations by Afghanistan security forces, the country’s Defence Ministry said on Monday.

“A total of 97 militants, including four local commanders, were killed, 65 were injured and four others were detained after security forces conducted cleanup operations over the past 24 hours,” Xinhua news agency quoted the ministry as saying in a statement providing daily operational updates.

The raids were lunched in Kunar, Laghman, Parwan, Kabul, Ghazni, Herat, Badghis and Helmand provinces, out of the country’s 34 provinces, the statement added.

“A total of six army personnel were also killed during Sunday’s attacks across the country,” the statement said.

Afghanistan security forces have pressed on clearing the militants in restive provinces as Taliban militants attempted to take territory and consolidate their positions ahead of winter in the mountainous country.

The Taliban, which have been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, have yet to make any comment on the development.

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