An Afghan Air Force aerial gunner communicates with the pilot of an Mi-17, owned and operated by the Kandahar Air Wing, before an engine run-up at Kandahar Airfield, March 2, 2016. Members of the AAF work closely with Train Advise Assist Command – Air, a U.S.-run functional command, that assists our Afghan partners to develop a professional, capable and sustainable force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)
At least 26 anti-government armed militants were killed in the air and ground operations of the Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were conducted in the various parts of the country, involving securit personnel from different security institutions, including the Afghan Air Force.
According to an operational update by MoD, at least 12 of the militants were killed in air and ground offensive in Shindand district of Herat province and 7 others were wounded.
MoD further added that 6 militants were killed during the clearance operations in Nad-e-Ali district of southern Helmand province.
At least 7 militants were killed during a seprate operation in Charchino district of Uruzgan province, MoD said, adding that several villages were cleared of the militants during the ongoing operations in Dand-e-Ghori and Dand-e-Shahabuddin in Baghlan province.
MoD also added that various types of weapons, ammunition and explosives were seized after an explosives cache was seized from the residence of a Taliban commander in Dand-e-Ghori and Dand-e-Shabauddin where 7 safe havens of the militants were destroyed.
A Taliban commander identified as Rohani was also killed during an operation in Nejrab district of Kapisa province and two of his companions were wounded, MoD added.
The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the operations so far.