45 Taliban killed in Kandahar, Herat provinces

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Ministry of defense in a released statement on Monday said at least 34 Taliban insurgents were killed and seven others wounded during an infantry and air operation in southern Kandahar province.

According to MoD’s statement, Afghan national defense and security forces conducted offensive operations in the Arghandab, Panjwai, and Zherai districts of Kandahar province with the support of the Afghan Air Force.

During the skirmish 34 Taliban-affiliated members were killed and seven others were injured, ANDSF also destroyed a large number of the group’s weapons and ammunition.

Mod stated that the Taliban had also planted 20 landmines in Zhari and Arghandab districts of the province in an intention to target military personnel and civilians, the bombs were later discovered and defused by an ANA engineering team which led to securing dozens of lives.

Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.

This comes as local sources in Herat province reported that 11 Taliban were killed in the Zawul district of the province.

Herat’s officials in a press release said that during a Joint clearance operation backed by Air support in the region ANDSF inflicted heavy casualties on the Taliban.

207th Zafar corps commander, Colonel Esmatullah Gharwal said that “11 Taliban terrorists were killed and 7 others were seriously wounded during the clashes” and 11 mines placed in the area were also discovered and defused by the Afghan security forces.

The operation was launched to strengthen, stabilize and maintain security in the villages of the district and other parts of the region.

The operation will continue until the complete elimination of the enemies, Gharwal told the media.

In another similiar clash, 209th Shaheen corps said at least 12 Taliban militants were killed and 4 more were wounded in a joint operation of Afghan air & ground forces in Almar district of Faryab province,

This comes as peace negotiations are ongoing in Doha, Qatar.

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