Taliban rebelsAt least 19 militants were killed in separate operations conducted in northern Jawzjan and southern Uruzgan provinces.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the operations were jointly conducted by the Afghan National Security Forces on Saturday evening.

“Yesterday evening, Afghan National Security Forces conducted an anti-terrorism joint operation to clear some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan,” a statement by MoI said.

The statement further added that the operation was conducted in Gogardak region, Shabarghan city capital of Jowzjan province, as a result 15 armed militants were killed and 10 others were wounded.

The clearance operation still continues against armed insurgents in Shabarghan City, MoI added.

“In a separate report, yesterday evening, Afghan National Police attacked Taliban’s sanctuaries in Nikroz village, Khas Oruzgan district of Oruzgan province, as a result four armed Taliban were killed and one was wounded,” MoI said, adding that two Afghan National Policemen were wounded during the operation.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

Both Jawzjan and Uruzgan provinces are among the relatively voalatile provinces where anti-government armed militants are active in its remote districts.

The militants frequently carry out insurgency activities which comes amid rampant Taliban-led insurgency as the group announced its spring offensive earlier this month.