KABUL, (PNA/Xinhua) — Nineteen militants have been killed and 14 wounded in two separate operations in northern and western Afghanistan, said the authorities on Sunday.
At early Sunday morning, seven Taliban militants were killed in a joint army and police operation in Imam Sahib district of the northern Kunduz province, a provincial police spokesman said.
“The operation was conducted in Jangle area of the district in the provincial capital Kunduz city, 250 km north of Kabul. The on- going raid there also wounded five militants and led to 10 arrests,” Sarwar Husaini told Xinhua.
He said the raid will continue before the area is cleared of the militants.
In western Farah province, 695 km west of Kabul, 12 militants were killed and nine wounded in a similar raid in Khak-e-Safid district late Saturday, provincial government spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhwandoi told Xinhua.
He said three policemen were also killed in the clash there, adding a Taliban local leader named Mullah Hassan was among the killed.
In a separate incident, an eminent policewoman officer named Nigara was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province, 555 km south of Kabul.
In addition, the Taliban fighters also killed a 15-year-old boy named Ali Sina in eastern Ghazni province, 125 km south of Kabul for charges of having links with police.
Afghan army and police took the full operational lead from U.S. and NATO troops in June.
The war-torn country is due to take over the leadership of its own security duties from foreign troops by the end of 2014.