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Taliban militants killed in operations in Afghanistan


14:59, July 02, 2013

KABUL, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Twenty Taliban militants were killed and nine others detained in a series of operations across Afghanistan within the last 24 hours, said the country's Interior Ministry on Tuesday morning.

"In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police (ANP) conducted several clearance operations with the cooperation of Afghan National Army, NDS (intelligence service) and Coalition Forces to clean some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan. As a result 20 armed Taliban were killed and nine other armed Taliban were arrested," the ministry said in a statement.

The operations were conducted in Helmand, Herat, Paktiya, Paktika, Khost, Ghazni, Logar, Wardak, Zabul, Balkh and Laghman provinces, it noted.

The ANP also seized weapons and defused several Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), it said.

The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has yet to make comments.

To retaliate the operations Taliban responds by bombing and armed attacks.

Earlier on Tuesday, Taliban launched a coordinated attack on a logistic firm in eastern Kabul, which provides service to foreign troops, killing five security guards and two civilians.

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