61 Taliban militants killed in Afghan forces operations in 24 hours

KABUL : Up to 61 Taliban militants including their eight local commanders have been killed and 52 others wounded during the series of operations conducted by Afghan forces across the country within the past 24 hours, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday. "National security and defense forces launched 14 clean up operations and ten special operations in 14 provinces, killing 61 insurgents including eight Taliban commanders, 12 members of Haqqani network and nine Islamic State (IS) group fighters," the ministry said in a statement, adding 52 more militants were injured and two others arrested during the operations. Afghan forces also seized good quantity of arms and ammunitions including 100 kg explosive materials. - (Xinhua)