36 militants killed in Afghan raids

Kabul, Oct 21 (IANS) At least 36 militants were killed in military operations across Afghanistan since Sunday, Afghanistan's interior ministry said Monday.

"Afghan National Security Forces and the NATO-led coalition troops conducted several clean-up operations in Helmand, Paktiya, Wardak, Kandahar, Baghlan and Kunar provinces over the past 24 hours," reported Xinhua citing the ministry's statement.

"As a result, 36 armed Taliban were killed, 18 wounded and 15 were arrested by the Afghan National Security Forces," the ministry said.

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