11 rebels killed, 51 detained: MoI
KABUL CITY (PAN): Eleven militants were killed, seven injured and 51 others detained during various security operations over the past 24 hours in different provinces of the country, said the Interior Ministry.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the ministry said the operations were conducted by Afghan and foreign troops in Kabul, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Balkh, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Khost, Paktia and Ghazni provinces.
Some heavy and light weapons, including two Kalashnikovs, a rocket launcher, five landmines, 16 hand grenades, 15 kg drugs, 30 kg explosives, 14 magazines, a vehicle and a motorbike were seized by police.
It also mentioned that three jerry cans of explosives and nine different mines were defused by police in Bamyan, Helmand and Uruzgan provinces.
But the Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed they killed dozens of security forces during various attacks in more than 20 provinces of the country.
He said initially the Kabul administration suppressed the casualties inflicted on their soldiers, but later admitted a small percentage of the casualty -- reflecting propaganda by the authorities.
Mujahid added:"Two days ago President Hamid Karzai, head of the puppet administration, at a ceremony confessed that every day five to 20 policemen, intelligence operatives and Afghan army soldiers die in clashes with armed opposition.''
Mujahid also acknowledged the death of their seven fighters.
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