KABUL, May 27 (Xinhua) -- A total of 44 Taliban militants have been killed in Afghan security forces' cleanup operations since early Monday, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.
"Afghan National Security Forces carried out several cleanup operations across the country within the last 24 hours, killing 44 armed Taliban militants," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.
Twenty-three militants were wounded and five others arrested by the joint forces, the statement said, without saying if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.
Nine roadside bombs and landmines were also found and defused at the same period of time.
The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has yet to make comment.
The Taliban-led violence continues in Afghanistan. Security forces have press on to clear the militants in restive provinces.
On Monday, two army personnel were killed while nine others wounded when a suicide bomber targeted an army bus in Kabul, the national capital.