86 militants killed over 24 hours in Afghanistan
Afghan bystanders look at the bodies of insurgents following an attack by the Taliban in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province on July 27, 2014. [AFP]
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The Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement issued on Monday that the militants were killed and injured during a series of operations carried out in Khost, Kunduz, Maidan Wardak, Nangarhar, Paktia, Sar-e Pol and Uruzgan provinces.
The statement further noted that 14 Taliban militants were also arrested during the operations.
It, however, did not mention whether there were any casualties on the side of Afghan forces.
The Taliban have not yet confirmed any casualties and made no comments on the operations.
Taliban has stepped up its attacks against the Afghan government, foreign forces and civilians. The group has vowed to escalate the attacks on Afghan forces and US-led troops, their bases, diplomatic missions and vehicle convoys.
The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues across the country despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.
The US-led war in Afghanistan, which has caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has become the longest military conflict in US history.