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PublishDate: Saturday, September 14, 2013 09:27

Afghan forces kill 18 Taliban militants

Operations against Taliban launched by Afghan forces have claimed lives of 18 Taliban militants and led to arrest of 35 others over the past five days.

Operations against Taliban launched by Afghan forces have claimed lives of 18 Taliban militants and led to arrest of 35 others over the past five days, police said Friday.

In the latest crackdown against the militant group, the security forces Thursday raided their hideouts in Charchino district of Uruzgan province, 370 km south of here, and killed 18 insurgents, Xinhua reported citing a police statement.

"Security forces launched cleanup operation in Charchino district Thursday and so far 18 rebels including a Taliban local military leader Mawlawi Islam have been killed," the statement said.

Twelve more militants have been captured, it added.

Police backed by the national army have arrested nearly two dozen Taliban militants over the past five days in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province, 250 km nort

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