Afghanistan policeAt least 16 militants were killed and 7 others were injured during coordinated military operations across the country, interior ministry said on Wednesday.

The militants were killed or injured during the operations conducted during the past 24 hours in various provinces of Afghanistan.

Interior ministry in its statement said, “In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police conducted several anti-terrorism joint operations with Afghan National Army and NDS to clean some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan.”

The statement further addded, “The operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunduz, Balkh, Maidan Wardak and Helmand provinces, as a result 16 armed Taliban members were killed, seven wounded and 10 others were arrested by Afghan National Security Forces.”

Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated light and heavy rounds ammunition, the statement added.

In separate military operations, Afghan National Police discovered and defused nine different types of IEDs placed by enemies of Afghanistan for destructive activities in Helmand, Herat, Faryab and Kapisa provinces, interior ministry said in its statement.

In the meantime, the Taliban group rejected the reports and blamed Afghan security forces for targeting and arresting innocent civilians during the operations.

Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid following a statement said that Afghan and coalition security forces suffered heavy casualties during coordinated attacks by Taliban fighters in various provinces of Afghanistan.

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    Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.