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35 militants killed in Afghan army operation in W. provinces

English.news.cn   2013-02-26 18:55:59            

HERAT, Afghanistan, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Up to 35 militants have been killed and 41 others wounded in an operation conducted by Afghan army in the country's western province of Herat and neighboring Badghis province, authorities said on Tuesday.

"The Afghan army launched an one-week operation ending on Tuesday in Muquar district of Badghis and Kishk-e-Kohna district of Herat, killing 35 armed insurgents and wounding 41 others," deputy provincial governor Asilluddin Jami told Xinhua.

He said several militants' hideouts were destroyed and up to 28 other militants were detained by the army personnel.

The army also found and seized weapons, the official said, without saying if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.

The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has yet to make comments.

The Afghan security forces in partnership with the NATO-led coalition troops have intensified operations against Taliban and other militant groups recently. But the insurgent groups responded with bombings.

On Monday, two policemen were killed when their patrol was hit by a Taliban Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in southern Uruzgan province, hours after four civilians were killed in by IED attack in neighboring Helmand province.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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