36 Taliban killed in Afghan raids since Friday

Kabul, Oct 27 (IANS) Thirty-six Taliban militants were killed in joint security operations carried out in different Afghan provinces since early Friday, the interior ministry said Saturday.

"Afghan police, army, National Directorate for Security (NDS) and the NATO-led ISAF coalition forces conducted several joint clearance operations in Nangarhar, Parwan, Zabul, Uruzgan, Wardak and Ghazni provinces over the past 24 hours.

"As a result 36 armed Taliban were killed, five wounded and three others were arrested," reported Xinhua citing the ministry in a statement.

In addition, the police also defused six improvised bombs in Nangarhar, Laghman, Takhar and Herat provinces, it said.

According to figures released by the ministry, over 330 militants had been killed, 113 wounded and nearly 140 detained since a series of military operations were launched in October in Afghanistan.


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