Afghan, NATO forces kill 21 Taliban militants, detain 27
KABUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- In a series of operations launched by Afghan and NATO-led troops against Taliban insurgents elsewhere in the militancy-hit Afghanistan a total of 21 Taliban have been killed and 27 others detained over the past 24 hours, Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday.
In the first raid according to statement, Afghan and NATO-led forces killed eight militants including their commander Shamsuddin in Surkh Rod district of the country's eastern Nangarahar province on Friday. Two injured militants were also arrested by the troops, it said.
A cleanup operation was carried out in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province on the same day Friday, the statement said, adding seven terrorists were killed and five other rebels were detained by joint forces. In separate incident six Taliban were killed and three others injured as Afghan National Army (ANA) and police encountered militants who ambushed a convoy of NATO-led troops in southern Ghanzi province yesterday.
"No casualties on the troops have been reported," said the statement.
However, according to media reports five security guards of a private company escorted NATO convoy were also killed in the incident in Ghazni province on the same day Friday.
Nevertheless, the statement admitted that two ANA personnel were killed and six other troopers were injured as a result of roadside bomb attacks in southern Zabul, Uruzgan, Helmand and Baghlan provinces Friday.
The rest of the detainees were captured in Logar, Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces over the mention time, the statement further said.
Taliban militants have yet to make comment.
The outfit's militias have vowed to speed up their attacks this year in the war-torn central Asian state.