KABUL, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Afghan police and army, backed by the NATO-led coalition troops, have killed two dozen Taliban insurgents within the past 24 hours in different provinces, the country's Interior Ministry said Thursday morning.
"During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan National Army, Afghan intelligence agency and coalition forces launched 16 joint clearance operations in Laghman, Kunduz, Baghlan, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Khost and Paktika provinces, killing 24 Taliban insurgents," the ministry said in a statement.
Two more insurgents were wounded and three others detained by the joint forces, the statement added.
They also found and seized weapons, the statement said, without mentioning if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.
The Taliban insurgents, who have been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, have yet to make comments.
Separately, three militants were killed when their roadside bombs went off prematurely along a main road in Bala Marghab District of western Badghis province Wednesday, according to the statement.
"Meanwhile, the ANP discovered and defused three anti-vehicle mines a as a result of security operations in the Nahar Saraj District and Lashkar Gah City, capital of southern Helmand province, yesterday," the interior ministry statement added.
Earlier Thursday, a policeman was killed and another police officer was injured when two men armed with knives attacked them in the Safyano area of Lashkar Gah city, provincial government spokesman Daud Ahmadi told Xinhua.
Afghan forces and some 130,000 NATO-led coalition troops have intensified cleanup operations against Taliban and other militant groups throughout the country recently as spring and summer, known as "fighting season", draw near.
Records kept by Xinhua, based on figures released by the Afghan Interior Ministry, reveal that more than 480 insurgents have been killed, 56 wounded and nearly 380 detained over the past one month by the joint forces across the country.