27 militants dead in security operations
The operations were conducted over the past 24 hours in Kabul, Kunar, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Kandahar, Helmand, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, and Paktia provinces, a statement from the ministry said.
A bomb attached to a bicycle was defused in the 9th police district of southern Kandahar province. The security personnel recovered 11 anti-vehicle mines, 120 kilograms of explosives and 200 pellets used in roadside bombs.
Two mortar shells, one 82-mm artillery shell, one machine gun, one RPG-launcher, seven AK-47 rifles and 11 pistols were also seized.
In central Logar province, six fighters were killed and nine others injured in two separate operations. During a raid in the Bahari area of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, three militants were killed and six others detained.
Col. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai, the Logar police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the operation was conducted against a temporary Taliban hideout in the area.
Baidar Kochi, an area resident, said security forces raided the house at midnight and captured four individuals.
Elsewhere in the province, three guerrillas were killed in a combined operation by Afghan and foreign forces in Pegram and Karate areas of Charkh district, the police chief said.
Haji Almas, the provincial council chief, confirmed the operation, saying the victims were civilians. A Kharotai area resident said security forces had arrested three residents, who had no links to the Taliban.
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