21 rebels killed in country-wide operations: MoI
The operations were launched by Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Kunar, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Faryab, Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak and Logar provinces.
A MoI statement said during the search operations a large quantity of weapons and explosives, linked to the insurgents, were seized as well.
About 22 rocket launchers, 17 AK-47 assault rifles, 16 different kinds of weapons, 82 heavy shells, 227 bullets, six roadside bombs and hand grenades, two walkie-talkies and 32 kilogrammes of drugs were confiscated in the operations, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, Taliban claimed conducting several anti-government operations in 22 provinces, including the areas mentioned by the ministry.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News in an email that they targeted Afghan and foreign soldiers in these areas – killing, injuring few of them, and destroyed their tanks and vehicles.
Taliban also claimed they only lost six of their fighters.
Elsewhere, a knowledgeable government source said three policemen were killed and another injured during an attack carried out by Taliban in northern Jawzjan province.
The incident took place late on Sunday night in the Khwaja Shakar area of the outskirts of Darzab district, Brig. Gen. Abdul Aziz Ghairat, the provincial police chief said.
He said three local policemen were killed and one of their comrades was injured in the clash, but did not divulge more details over the incident.
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