At least 14 Taliban militants were killed and a kidnapped Afghan soldier was freed during the military operations which were conducted in the past 24 hours in various provinces of the country.

Informed military sources said Thursday that the Afghan security forces conducted an operation in Nerkh district of Wardak province killing 4 Taliban fighters.

The sources further added that a similar operation was conducted in Tarin Kot district during which 18 RPGs and assorted IED components were destroyed.

In the meantime, airstrikes in Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan province killed 9 Taliban fighters.

The Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation against a Taliban prison in Khanabad district liberating an ANA officer and destroying several large IEDs and a mine, the sources said, adding that an airstrike in Muqer district of Ghazni province killed 1 Taliban fighter.

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