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5 militants killed, 28 held: Officials

15 November, 2012

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KABUL: Five armed opponents were killed and 28 more held during separate operations in various parts of the country, Afghan officials and ISAF said Tuesday .

Separate defence ministry press statements available with the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) stated combined troops conducted operations in Ghazni, Logar, Uruzgan, Kandahar and Paktiya provinces. Nine armed opponents, including two commanders, were arrested in the operations, the statements added.

The statements said 26 IEDs, eight weapons, 27 kilograms of explosives and other war gadgets were also seized during the offensives, the defence ministry said.

Two armed opponents were killed in blasts of own explosives in Kandahar and Paktiya provinces.

Meanwhile, an interior ministry press release stated four armed opponents were killed, one injured and 19 more held during separate operations in Kabul, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Logar, Paktiya, Herat and Farah provinces. Tem weapons and 20 kilograms of explosives were also seized in the operations, it added.

A press release issued by ISAF said a Taliban commander Mir Jan Lala was killed during operation by joint force in Helmand province yesterday. It added one armed opponent was held and several weapons were seized in Paktiya province.

The Taliban rejected the statements of Afghan officials and ISAF as false and said their fighters had not suffer any in the casualties over the past 24 hours.

They said their fighters conducted 46 attacks on combined forces in various parts of the country.

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