Afghan security forces have killed over 90 militants during military operations in 12 provinces within the past two days, the country’s Defense Ministry says.
Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry spokesman General Zahir Azimi said on Saturday that at least nine army soldiers also lost their lives in the anti-terror operations.
“Over the past 48 hours, 93 militants have been killed and seven arrested in 12 provinces while nine army soldiers died as a result of clashes and bomb explosions,” he said on his twitter account.
On Friday, an Afghan official said that separate army operations in the northern province of Baghlan came to end, leaving nearly 80 militants dead.
General Ghulam Farooq Ahmadi, a regional corps commander, said at least 79 militants were killed, 92 wounded and 25 others arrested during the operations that were carried out in Baghlan alone.
Afghan policemen keep watch near the gates of the Heetal Hotel in Kabul on May 27, 2015. (© AFP)
Ahmadi added that 143 villages in Baghlan Province were cleared from militants during the month-long operations.
Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday called on the army and police to defend the war-torn country against Taliban militants.
In 2001, US-led NATO troops invaded Afghanistan as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror and removed Taliban from power. However, some parts of the militancy-riddled country are still facing serious security challenges.