FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security forces launched a cleanup operation in Badakhshan province 315 km northeast of Kabul on Thursday to evict Taliban militants from their hideouts, a spokesman said Friday.
"During the operation which covered Wardoj and Jerm districts so far one Taliban rebel has been killed and 10 others have been arrested," spokesman for provincial administration Abdul Marouf Rasikh told Xinhua.
He also said that the operation will continue till the anti- government militants are killed or surrender.
The operation is taking place in the wake of killing 16 Afghan soldiers by Taliban militants in Wardoj district early this month.
A relatively peaceful province, Badakhshan has been the scene of Taliban-linked militancy since early this year.