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45 insurgents killed in raids

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AT-KABUL: At least 45 insurgents including 10 members of the al-Qaeda terrorist network were killed and 16 others wounded in different joint clearance operations lunched by security forces in the past 24 hours across the country, ministry of defense said Tuesday.

In a media statement, the ministry said the national army with the cooperation of the national police and the National Directorate of Security conducted clearance operations against insurgents in different areas of Laghman, Kunar, Kapisa, Wardak, Logar, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Herat, Faryab, Baghlan, Faryab, and Helmand provinces.

“In these operations, 45 Taliban insurgents were killed and 16 others injured,” the statement said.

The ministry also claimed that the security forces have seized huge cache of weapons, but did not provide details.

Elsewhere, at least 29 Taliban insurgents were killed while the foreign airstrike targeted insurgent hideout in southern Paktika province, local official said Tuesday.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Mohammad Rahman Ayaz said the airstrike was carried out in the Zeruk district of the province, early morning.

“At least 29 Taliban insurgents including three commanders were killed and cache of ammunition was also destroyed during the operation,” he said.

This comes as the militant groups carried out at least deadly attacks against the security forces in the province.