21 militants killed in 24 hours: MoI
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-one Taliban fighters have been killed, seven others injured and another 11 arrested during separate security operations over the past 24 hours across the country, the Ministry of Interior said on Saturday.
The insurgents were killed and wounded during operations involving Afghan and foreign troops in Kabul, Farah, Helmand, Kandahar and Baghlan provinces, the ministry said in a statement. The 11 other militants were arrested along with their weapons, it said.
The weapons included 74 anti-vehicle mines, three hand grenades, 775 bullets of Kalashnikov and pistol, five kilograms of explosives and 20 fuses used in making roadside bombs, the statement said.
According to the statement, 24 jerry cans each containing 30 kg of acid, 25 sacks containing 50 kg of chemicals used in production of heroin were seized and two heroin factories destroyed during the period in Wakhir and Anarak villages of Nawzad district in Helmand province.
Separately, a child was killed when a roadside bomb went off in Khugyani village of Maroof district, southern Kandahar province, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said five Taliban fighters were arrested in southeastern Paktika.
In a statement, the spy service identified the detainees as Mohammad Salim, Shamsullah, Mullah Abdul Basir, Mohammad Daud and Momand. It accused the men of planning terrorist activities.
Farah intelligence chief, Col. Mohammad Ghaus Malyar, said two Taliban fighters were killed during a clash with Afghan security forces in Bulandi village of Poshtrod district this noon. Three other militants were arrested, he said.
In Nangarhar, three Afghan soldiers died when their military ambulance plunged into the Kabul River in Sarobi district on Kabul-Nangarhar highway and drowned, the Sarobi district chief, Hazrat Mohammad Haqbin, said. He linked the incident to carelessness the ambulance driver.
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