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Scores of militants dead in military drills

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AT-KABUL: In the wake of massive-scale security operations across the country in recent day, at least 29 militants belonging to various insurgent outfits have been killed and as many as 23 more terrorists sustained serious injuries.

In a press release issued, the defense ministry said the Afghan army in collaboration with the police and intelligence forces carried out joint security operations against insurgents in different areas of Nangarhar, Urzgan, Zabul, Badghis, Faryab, Jawzjan, Baghlan, Balkh, Badakshan and Helmand provinces. The statement added that 29 insurgents including four Daesh affiliates were killed and 23 others wounded as a result of these operations. Four terrorist suspects have also been captured and handed over to the judicial directorates for further investigations.

The army and security forces also bombed and destroyed the militants’ sanctuaries and facilities through artilleries and airstrikes.

During these operations in the past 24 hours, 22 Taliban fighters were killed, 10 wounded, three stronghold of the enemy destroyed and 17 round of mined discovered in Khas Urzgan district and Trinkot center of Urzgan, four Daesh affiliates were killed in Dehbala district of Nangarhar and Darzab district of Jawzjan, two insurgents were killed, 11 wounded and two vehicle full of explosives destroyed in Arghandab and Shahjoi district of Zabul.

Similar, three rebels were killed, two other wounded and four stronghold belonged to the enemy destroyed in Marja and Nadali districts of Helmand province.

In past 24 hours, nine planed clearing operations, and 70 Special Forces operations conducted in seven provinces; also, Air forces conducted 72 aerial operations supporting Afghan National army including four strikes on enemy’s sanctuaries.

ANA discovered and confiscated weapons and ammunition in the operations as well.

ANA as the nation’s defense forces are ready to give sacrifice to bring lasting peace and security to the people and are determined to eradicate terror groups in Afghanistan.