Thursday, March 29, 2012

35 insurgents killed, 12 detained in Afghanistan within 24 hours

KABUL, March 29 (Xinhua) -- A total of 35 insurgents were killed and 12 others detained during military operations conducted by Afghan forces and NATO-led coalition troops within 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Thursday morning.

"Afghan National Police (ANP) in collaboration with army and NATO-led coalition troops conducted 12 joint operations in nine provinces around the country over the past 24 hours killing 35 armed insurgents and detaining 12 others," the ministry said in a statement.

They also found and seized weapons and ammunition including 27 AK-47 guns and 14 anti-vehicle mines besides confiscating seven motorbikes and two vehicles used by insurgents, the statement said, without saying if there were any casualties on the security forces.

The ANP during separate operations also found and defused 10 anti-vehicle mines in southern Kandahar and eastern Nangarhar provinces over the same period of time, it added.

Afghan officials often use the word "insurgents" referring to the Taliban, however, the militant group has yet to make comments.

Afghan forces and some 130,000 NATO-led ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) troops have intensified cleanup operations throughout the post-Taliban country recently as spring and summer, known as "fighting season", are drawing near in the country.
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