20 militants killed in Afghan troops' clean-up operations
Up to 20 militants were killed and 33 others wounded amid military operations across Afghanistan, Xinhua reported with the reference to the Defense Ministry.
"The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces carried out 12 clean-up operations and 15 special operations in nine provinces in the past 24 hours, killing 20 insurgents and injuring 33 others," the ministry said in a statement.
The Afghan air force also launched airstrikes, destroying four militants' hideouts over the period, the statement said, without elaborating casualties on the side of security forces.
The Afghan troops have beefed up military operations against militants as the Taliban militants and Islamic State (IS) fighters are attempting to take territory and consolidate their positions ahead of winter in the mountainous country.