KABUL, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Afghan army and police, backed by the NATO-led coalition forces, have eliminated 26 Taliban insurgents during cleanup operations within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Thursday morning.
"The joint forces conducted nine cleanup operations in Laghman, Takhar, Kandahar, Helmand, Logar and Herat provinces, killing 26 armed Taliban insurgents over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.
One other insurgent was injured and eight other suspects have been detained by joint forces, the statement said.
They also found and seized weapons, the statement said, without saying if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.
Afghan police also found and defused 25 rounds of mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) over the same period of time.
The Taliban insurgent group, which announced the launching of a spring offensive from May 3 against Afghan and NATO forces, has not to make comments yet.
Afghan forces and some 130,000 NATO-led coalition troops have intensified cleanup operations against Taliban and other militants throughout the country recently. Records kept by Xinhua, based on figures released by Afghan Interior Ministry, reveal that around 400 insurgents have been killed, 120 wounded and nearly 450 others detained since May 1 during military operations across the insurgency-hit country.
However, the insurgents in retaliation responded by carrying out suicide attacks and roadside bombings.
A total of 22 civilians were killed and over 50 others injured in two back to back suicide bombings in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday morning.
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