Afghan forces kill 53 militants within 24 hours

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KABUL, (Xinhua) — Up to 53 insurgents including three members of the al-Qaida network have been killed and 17 others wounded during Afghan forces’ operations across the country over the past 24 hours, the Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

“National security forces conducted 15 clean-up operations and 13 special operations in 14 provinces over the past 24 hours, killing 53 insurgents including three al-Qaida members and three Taliban’s local commanders and injuring 17 others,” the statement said.

The operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Nuristan, Kapisa, Paktia, Ghazni, Logar, Kandahar, Zabul, Oruzgan, Herat, Farah, Badghis, Balkh, Faryab and Helmand provinces, the statement noted.

Afghan forces also seized and destroyed explosive materials and vehicles used by insurgents during the operations.

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