Ten Afghan soldiers died in operations killing 44 militants

Afghan authorities say 10 soldiers ‘martyred” in military operations killing 44 militants throughout country

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Afghan officials announced on Wednesday that 10 Afghan soldiers were “martyred” as 44 militants were killed in the latest military operations.

Seven soldiers were killed in the battle with militants in past 24 hours, according to a statement issued by the Afghan Ministry of Defense.   

Operations took place in Kandahar, Oruzgan, Paktia, Farah and Takhar provinces of Afghanistan.

Afghan Interior ministry also reported on Wednesday morning that 44 militants were killed and four other wounded as a result of the operations which is ongoing in five provinces.

Meanwhile, three policemen from the Herat province died in the Taliban attack against the Shah Rodak security post in Shindand District, according to reports from the district officials.

In the operations Afghan security forces captured several weapons, military suite and 107 kilograms of drugs belonging to the militants.

Additionally, spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal of the Nangarhar police station said that US drone strikes targeted two hideouts of a militant group in Mach Megi area of Lalpur district and killed more than 14 of them on Tuesday.

Eight Pakistani and one Afghan soldiers were also killed in a clash in Barmal district on Tuesday night after they attempted to cross the border, spokesmen from the three security agencies of Afghanistan, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense and National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a news conference in Kabul on Wednesday.

Attempt of Pakistan troops to establish military facilities inside Afghanistan were refused by the Afghan forces and this ignited the clash between two forces, the Afghan interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said.

This is not the first attempt of the Pakistani forces. They tried crossing the border many times before and to establish their military facilities to continue fighting with the militant groups in neighbouring country, according to Khaama News Agency.

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