KABUL, April 1 (Xinhua) -- A total of 29 insurgents were killed as Afghan security forces launched a series of military operations within the last 24 hours, said the Afghan Interior Ministry on Tuesday morning.
"Up to 29 Taliban insurgent members were killed, 11 wounded and 11 others detained following joint clean-up operations conducted by the Afghan army, police and the intelligence agency over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.
The raids were carried out in Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Baghlan, Zabul, Wardak, Ghazni and Paktiya provinces, the statement said.
The joint force also found weapons and ammunition, the statement added.
In addition, the Afghan National Police personnel discovered and defused seven roadside bombs in southern Kandahar and eastern Paktiya provinces over the same period of time, according to the statement.
The Afghan security forces stepped up efforts to clear the militants across Afghanistan as the country is preparing for the presidential and provincial councils general elections slated for April 5.