61 insurgents killed within 24 hours in Afghanistan
05 July, 2012
KABUL: Up to 61 Taliban insurgents have been killed in military operations carried out by the Afghan forces and the NATO-led coalition troops within the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said on Wednesday morning."
Afghan police, army, intelligence agency and the Coalition Forces launched five joint cleanup operations in Baghlan, Jawzjan, Paktika, Kandahar and Farah provinces, killing 61 armed Taliban insurgents over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.
One other suspect was detained during the raids, it added."
The Afghan police also discovered and confiscated 115 kg of opium, 11 different types of weapons with 28 magazines, three radio handsets, two suicide vests, 376 rounds of bullets and 27 hand grenades in the above operations," the statement said, without saying if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.
However, the Taliban insurgent group, which announced the launching of an annual spring offensive from May 3 against Afghan and NATO forces, has not to make comments yet.
Afghan forces and some 130,000 NATO-led coalition troops have intensified cleanup operations against insurgents recently.
More than 180 insurgents have been killed, 13 wounded and over 30 others detained since Sunday July 1 by joint forces, according to figures released by the Afghan Interior Ministry.