A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that the eight soldiers embraced martyrdom in rebel fire and landmine explosions in past 24 hours. However, the exact location of the incidents is not specified.
The statement adds that 46 militants were killed and 36 wounded during separate military operations in 15 provinces in past 24 hours.
The operations were conducted in Shigal, Asmar, Wata Pur, Sarkano, Manogai and Narai districts of Kunar province, Shinwar of Parwan, Ala Sai District of Kapisa, Sabari District of Khost, Andar and Waghaz districts of Ghazni, Nika of Paktia, Maiwand, Ghorak and Mia Nashin districts of Kandahar, Shinkay District of Zabul, Dehrawoud District of Urozgan, Juram and Baharak districts of Badakhshan, Sancharak District and capital of Sar-i-Pul, Chamtal District of Balkh, Imam Sahib and Chahar Dara districts of Kundoz, Kajaki and Nawzad districts of Helmand and the capital of Faryab province.
Landmines were also defused and weapons and ammunition seized by the security forces but Ministry of Defense statement does not specify the number.