2 Taliban militants, 2 Afghan soldiers killed
Afghan National Army (ANA) and NATO- led troops killed two Taliban militants and detained five other insurgents after joint forces launched two separate military operations against insurgents in Afghanistan's southern Uruzgan and eastern Khost provinces on Monday, Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday, Xinhua eported.
According to statement, in the first raid Afghan and NATO-led forces killed two militants and detained two others in Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province, a Taliban stronghold in south of the post-Taliban country.
"Combined forces discovered an assault rifle on the ground," it said.
It also said that in the second operation in Sabari district of Khost province the joint forces detained three suspected terrorist and found two Kalashnikovs from their possession.
However, the statement confirmed that roadside bomb and mine blasts in Ghanzi, Kandahar and neighboring Helmand provinces left two Afghan soldiers dead and injured three others on the same day Monday.
Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO forces have yet to make comments.
The outfit's militias, who were removed from power in a U.S.- led invasion in late 2001, have vowed to speed up their attacks this year in the war-torn central Asian state.