GHAZNI, Afghanistan, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security forces backed by the NATO-led troops eliminated 17 Taliban militants in Andar district of Ghazni province on Tuesday, an army spokesman in the province said.
"Units of Afghan national army in coordination with the NATO- led coalition forces raided Taliban hideouts in Sangi and Nazarwal villages of Andar district late Monday night and during the cleanup operation which concluded at around 1:00 a.m. local time Tuesday, 17 rebels had been killed," Mohammad Hakim Stanikzai who speaks for 203 Thunder Corps of Afghan national army in Ghazni, told Xinhua.
Two of those militants killed in the operations are Afghans and the remaining 15 are foreigners from Pakistan, Chechen and Arab countries, according to Stanikzai.
Five motorbikes, arms and ammunitions were also seized by the security forces from militants during the operations.
However, he did not say if there were any casualties on the security forces. Andar has been regarded as a stronghold of Taliban militants in Ghazni province.
Taliban militants who have been fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have yet to make comment.