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70 militants killed in Khanjar operation in Ghazni: Governor

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AT-KABUL: More than 70 militants have been killed in a large-scale military operation in Ghazni province, said the provincial governor.

Musa Khan Akbarzada told reporters on Wednesday that Afghan security forces in a clearance operation under the title of Khanjar killed more than 70 militants in Nawa district of the province. He said that foreign militants were also among those killed in the operation. However, he did not give further details in this regard.

Afghan security forces around four days ago for the first time entered Nawa district of the province and regained control of the remote district from the Taliban.

“Security forces have also destroyed a military center of Taliban in Bazar-e-Jahangir area of the district,” Akbarzada went on as saying.

He added that the Taliban were making suicide vests and improvised explosive devises (IEDs), which were being used in terrorist activities in different parts of the country.

Akbarzada said that clearance of Nawa district from presence of the Taliban and destruction of the military center has direct impact on improvement of security situation in seven other provinces.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that security forces have conducted around 21 military offensives against militants in different provinces of Afghanistan.