The anti-government armed militants have suffered heavy casualties during the operations of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in Kandahar and Zabul provinces.

According to the informed military sources, the operations were conducted in the past one week, leaving at least 43 militants dead and 22 others wounded.

The sources further added “Over the course of the past week, the 205th Corps has conducted joint operations with local security forces in both Zabul and Kandahar Provinces. These operations were a result of intelligence reports of Taliban safe havens. Therefore the 205th Corps has conducted fresh raids and clearing operations to disrupt terrorist activities in these Provinces. This has resulted in a total of 43 insurgents killed and an additional 22 insurgents wounded. Additionally, the 205th Corps engineer team has cleared over 25 homemade IEDs from harming local Afghan citizens.”

The sources also added that “Currently the 205th Corps has an on-going operation to re-open the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway, which is a 75 kilometer stretch of highway that has been closed due to Taliban activity. So far, they have killed at least 12 insurgents and making progress to open the road.”

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.

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