Over 80 insurgents, 11 army personnel killed: MoD
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 80 insurgents and 11 Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel have been killed during the operations in several provinces, the Ministry of Defence announced on Monday.
In Andar and Waghaz districts of southern Ghazni province, 68 armed militants were eliminated, 31 others wounded and 180 explosive devices defused, a statement from the ministry said.
The ongoing offensive, codenamed Victory, is lead by the ANA and features Afghan security forces. Launched a week ago, the operation led to the seizure of weapons and destruction of 12 motorbikes belonging to the Taliban.
Two ANA soldiers were killed and 18 others wounded during clashes with the fighters, according to the statement, which vehemently repudiated reports regarding civilian casualties.
In separate clearing operations in Nangarhar, Khost, Ghazni, Uruzgan, Sar-i-Pul and Farah provinces, 11 militants were killed and as many injured. Four suspects were arrested and 62 landmines defused.
The Defense Department says that due threw hefty weapon against roadside bombs and mines, not belonging to the army and died. At least nine ANA personnel lost their lives militant attacks and roadside bombings.
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