Afghan national security forces have killed sixty-four Taliban militants during separate cleanup operations across the country over the past 24 hours.
“Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) conducted a series of cleanup operations in Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Kunar, Paktia, Wardak, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces, killing 64 Taliban militants and wounding 12 others. Seven more armed men were also arrested over the past 24 hours,” the Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement issued on Sunday.
The statement, however, did not mention whether there were any casualties on the side of Afghan forces.
It added that Afghan policemen have seized large amounts of munitions and weapons used by militants after the operations.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.
In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.
The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks.
The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul !!!