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25 insurgents killed in Afghanistan within 24 hours: gov't

(Xinhua)

15:33, May 02, 2012

KABUL, May 2 (Xinhua) -- A total of 25 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 29 others detained during a series of military operations across the country over the last 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

"Afghan police, army and NATO-led Coalition Forces launched nine joint cleanup operations in Laghman, Kunduz, Helmand, Zabul, Wardak, Logar, Paktika and Badghis provinces, killing 25 armed Taliban insurgents and detaining 29 suspects during the last 24 hours," the ministry said in a press release.

The joint forces also found and seized weapons and ammunition besides defusing five anti-vehicle mines, the statement said, without saying if there were any casualties on the side of the security forces.

Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO forces have yet to make comments.

More than 590 insurgents have been killed and more than 1,400 others detained during military operations in the country since the beginning of this year, according to figures released by the Afghan Interior Ministry.

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