31 militants killed in operations in Afghan Kandahar province

Photo: 31 militants killed in operations in Afghan Kandahar province / Afghanistan

Afghan police, backed by the army, have killed 31 Taliban militants during operations within one-week period, the provincial police chief said Thursday, Xinhua reported.

"Up to 31 anti-government militants have been killed and six have been injured during operations launched in Kandahar city and other districts over the past seven days," police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, told a press briefing here.

He said that six other Taliban militants were detained by the police forces during the above raids.

The police in collaboration with the army have recently rolled out a special operational plan to maintain security in the Kandahar province, some 450 km south of Afghan capital Kabul.

The police also found and seized weapons and ammunition besides defusing dozens of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) over the same period of time, he noted.

Afghan Taliban has launched massive IED attacks against Afghan national security forces and about 100,000 NATO-led troops stationed in the country in recent years. Up to six Afghan policemen were killed when an IED they were defusing went off in neighbouring Helmand province on Wednesday.

The insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has yet to confirm the deaths of their militants.

Kandahar, the birthplace of Taliban, has frequently seen violent incidents despite continued military operations there.

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