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14 insurgents killed in Afghanistan: statement

08-03-2011 16:33 BJT

KABUL, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Afghan police during operations eliminated 14 Taliban and detained 43 more insurgents elsewhere in the country over the last 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Afghan National Police (ANP) with the assistance of the Afghan army and Coalition Forces launched 12 joint and independent operations over the past 24 hours in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Kandahar, Helmand, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Khost, Paktika and Paktia provinces," said the statement issued by Interior Ministry.

"As a result of these operations, 14 armed insurgents were killed, four wounded and 43 other armed insurgents were arrested,"

Police also found and defused a total of 17 Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and anti-vehicle mines elsewhere in the country over the same period of time, the statement further said.

In a separate incident, two more insurgents, who had the intention of planting an anti-vehicle mine along a road, were killed when their mine exploded prematurely in Dilaram district of the country's western Farah province on Tuesday, the statement added.

Taliban insurgents have yet to make comments.

The Taliban outfit, fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops, have intensified their activities against government interests and security forces since beginning May when the militants group announced to launch spring offensive against security forces all over the country.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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