KABUL, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan Interior Ministry on Wednesday said that 37 militants were killed during security operations across the country within the last 24 hours.
"In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police conducted several anti-terrorism joint operations with Afghan National Army and intelligence agency to clean some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.
The statement noted that "the operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Zabul, Logar, Khost, Paktiya, Herat, Helmand and Nimroz provinces, as a result 37 armed Taliban members were killed, eight wounded and six others were arrested by Afghan National Security Forces,"
The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has yet to make comments.
The army and police have stepped up efforts to clear the militants across Afghanistan as the country is preparing for the presidential and provincial council elections slated for April 5 this year. The militants responded by attacks and bombings.
On Tuesday night, a suicide bomber targeted a hotel in southern Uruzgan province, killing 10 civilians and injuring 40 others.
Earlier on Wednesday, a would-be suicide bomber was arrested and his suicide jacket was defused by police in northern province of Kunduz, the deputy provincial police chief Ebadullah Talwar told Xinhua, adding police launched an investigation into the case but the target of the attack remained unknown.