The Afghan security and Taliban militants suffered heavy casualties during the clashes in two districts of Paktia province in Southeast of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said at least 28 Taliban militants were killed during the clashes with the security forces in Zurmat and Jani Khel districts.

The statement further added that 9 militants were also arrested and several others sustained injuries during the clashes.

According to the governor’s office, at least 7 of the militants were killed during an operation of the Afghan forces in Zurmat district on Monday and a stockpile of weapons, munitions, and explosives were destroyed.

A clash also took place between the Afghan forces and the Taliban militants on Monday night in the vicinity of Jani Khel district, leaving at least 21 militants dead, the statement said.

The provincial government in its statement also added that four security personnel belonging to the National Police, Public Order police, and Afghan National Army lost their lives and six others sustained injuries.


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