KABUL, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Afghan police eliminated 18 Taliban and detained 31 more insurgents during operations in the country over the last 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.
"The Afghan National Police (ANP), in collaboration with the Afghan National Army, NDS or National Directorate of Security and Coalition Forces, launched 10 joint operations over the past 24 hours in the Kabul, Nangarhar, Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul, Paktika, Baghlan, Paktia and Farah provinces," said a statement issued by the Interior Ministry here.
"As a result of these operations, 18 armed insurgents were killed, seven other armed insurgents were wounded and 31 armed insurgents were arrested," the statement said.
Separately, police also found and defused a total of 13 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and anti-vehicle mines in Kabul, Kapisa, Baghlan, Farah, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunduz, Nimroz and Uruzgan provinces, over the same period of time, besides seizure of seven AK-47 guns, six pistols and two rocket launchers, the statement said.
"The ANP also found five motorbikes, one vehicle and five artillery shells as a result of the above operations over the past 24 hours," it said.
Taliban insurgents have yet to make comments.
The Taliban outfit, fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops, have intensified their activities against government interests and security forces since the beginning of May when the militants group announced to launch a spring offensive against security forces all over the country.
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