Five Afghan National Army soldiers have embraced martyrdom in a landmine explosion while 34 insurgents have been killed in separate actions across the country, according to information provided by security officials on Saturday morning.
A statement issued by General Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Defense Ministry does not specify the exact location of the blast in which Army soldier were martyred but states that it took place in past 48 hours.
General Zahir Azimi also writes in his statement that 27 insurgents were killed, 12, wounded and five arrested during confrontations with Afghan National Army in five provinces.
Azimi’s statement does not name provinces in which confrontations occurred.
Statement adds that 27 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused by Army.
In the meantime, statement issued by the media office of the Interior Ministry states that seven insurgents have been killed in police operations in past 24 hours.
Statement adds that the operations were conducted in Uruzgan and Ghazni provinces.
According to the information of the statement, six IEDs were also defused in the operations in Kabul, Laghman, Uruzgan, Khost and Farah provinces.
Taliban insurgents use IEDs in most of their attacks which claim lives of hundreds of civilians every year.
UNAMA has expressed concern over civilian casualties due to IEDs explosions beside ground engagements in the country.
UNAMA says that the civilian casualty recorded last year was higher than ever recorded by the UN agencies in Afghanistan.
UNAMA demanded all sides engaged in Afghanistan war to reduce civilian casualties.
Taliban insurgents in an apparent response to UNAMA’s call asked fighters to put maximum efforts in reducing civilian casualties but still civilians are losing lives in Taliban planted IEDs.
Yesterday an IED explosion claimed the lives of two civilians and injured three others in Washir District of southern Helmand province.
Usually when government officials die in IED explosion, Taliban claim responsiblty for it but when civilians die the reject hand in the explosion.
Responsibility for yesterday’s explosion is not claimed by Taliban but officials blamed Taliban for it as the district has been the scene of several Taliban-claimed explosions.