Almost 50 Taliban and Daesh militants killed in Afghanistan

Published March 23rd, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
Afghan forces arrive at airport as they relaunch counter-offensive to retake Kunduz city from Taliban insurgents. (AFP/File)
Afghan forces arrive at airport as they relaunch counter-offensive to retake Kunduz city from Taliban insurgents. (AFP/File)

According to a statement released by the Afghan defense ministry, the operations, which left 49 militants dead or wounded, were carried out in the country's eastern and central regions.

The statement also said that Taliban militants were also among those killed.

A number of fighters were detained, while Afghan forces also seized weapons belonging to the militants, the ministry added.

Afghanistan, already dealing with Taliban threats more than 14 years after the United States and its allies attacked the country as part of Washington's so-called war on terror, also recently came under attack by Daesh militants operating mostly in its eastern regions.

The Afghan Defense ministry said in a report released earlier this month that more than 600 civilians had been killed by Daesh militants over the past six months.

According to the report, most of the victims were young people who had refused to join the extremist group.

Daesh atrocities have also left some 20,000 families internally displaced over the past year, the report added.

Daesh's stronghold is currently in the eastern province of Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan. It reportedly plans to establish a base of operations within the province's mountainous terrain.

Earlier this month, Afghan forces announced victory following a long operation in Achin, Shinwar, and some other districts of Nangarhar.


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