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107 insurgents killed in Afghanistan in one month: official


08:47, November 24, 2011

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman General Zahir Azimi (L) and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) spokesman Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson attend a press conference in Kabul, on Nov. 23 2011. A total of 107 insurgents had been killed in Afghanistan over the past month, a spokesman for Afghan Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Omid)

KABUL, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- A total of 107 insurgents had been killed in Afghanistan over the past month, a spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

"Some 107 armed insurgents had been killed and 98 more insurgents injured during military operations and armed clashes in different parts of the country over the past one month," General Zahir Azimi told reporters in a weekly press briefing here.

According to Azimi, the Afghan army, during joint and independent operations with NATO-led coalition forces, have also detained 511 suspected insurgents all over the country in the same period of time.

However, he also confirmed some 65 personnel of the Afghan National Army were also killed over the last one month in military operations, direct clashes with insurgents and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks elsewhere in the country.

Afghan officials often use the word "insurgents" referring to the Taliban.

Taliban insurgents, who have intensified activities since the militant group announced to launch a spring offensive against Afghan security forces and NATO-led troops stationed in Afghanistan on May 1, have yet to make comments.

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