38 militants killed in security operations in Afghanistan: gov't

KABUL, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Thirty-eight Taliban militants have been killed in security operations across Afghanistan within the last 24 hours, said the country's Interior Ministry Tuesday morning."Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and NATO-led coalition forces launched a series of security operations in several provinces in the past 24 hours. As a result 38 armed Taliban were killed, 10 wounded and 18 other armed Taliban were arrested by the ANSF," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.

They also found and seized weapons, the statement said, without saying if there were any casualties on the side of the security forces.
The Taliban militant group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has yet to make comments. A total of 2,500 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in acts of terrorism and violence from Jan. 1 to mid-June this year, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) said recently.

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