The Afghan Special Forces conducted counter-terrorism operations in eight provinces of the country in the past 24 hours leaving at least 20 Taliban militants dead.

Informed military sources said Friday that the Afghan Special Operations Forces conducted a raid in Garm Ser district of Helmand province and destroyed 240 pounds of homemade explosives, 20 pressure plate IEDs and a small cache of IED components.

This comes a month after 12 civilians, including six children, were severely wounded by a magnetic bomb in southern Helmand province.

The Afghan Special Forces conducted similar operations in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar and Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan province, killing 1 Taliban fighter and detaining 8 others.

Two days ago three Taliban commanders were killed in Tarin Kot as pressure on fighters in Uruzgan province continues, the source said.

The Afghan Special Forces conducted a clearance operation in Chahar Darah district of Kunduz province, discovered and destroying 4 IEDs and a house-borne IED, the sources said, adding that a similar operation was conducted in Baraki Barak district of Logar province in which 1 Taliban fighter was killed and 3 others were detained.

In the meantime, 8 Taliban fighters were killed in Gomal district of Paktika province, 3 others were killed in Deh bala district of Nangarhar province, and 7 Taliban fighters were killed, 4 more were wounded in Farah city, the provincial capital of Farah province.

The sources also added that the the 203rd Corps conducted route clearance along Highway 1 to enable military convoys and civilian traffic to pass safely. The clearance operation resulted in destroying 12 roadside bombs, killing 4 Taliban fighters and wounding 2 others.


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