KABUL, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Troops with Afghan National Army (ANA) backed by international forces in southern restive Helmand province eliminated five Taliban insurgents on Sunday, a statement of Defense Ministry issued here Monday said.
"A unit of ANA force from corps 205 with supporting of international forces was patrolling in northern edge of Nad Ali districts as they came in contact with enemies of peace and stability, resultantly five militants were killed," the statement added.
Three more militants got wounded, it said, while no causalities were reported on joint forces.
Separately, according to the statement, a roadside bomb was defused by the army in Kapisa province, some 70 km northwest of capital Kabul on the same day Sunday.
Afghan National Army, in coordination with other Afghan and international security forces, have speeded up their military and cleanup operations to maintain a peaceful and secure environment for the forthcoming presidential and provincial council elections set for 20 this month, the statement further said.
Notorious as the hotbed of Taliban fighters and poppy den, Helmand has been the scene of increasing militancy and source of instability over the past years as four out of 13 districts are said to be held by Taliban.