48 Afghan militants killed; 12 suspects arrested

Staff Report

KABUL -- Recent fighting and other violence left at least 48 Afghan militants and 2 troops dead. Meanwhile, authorities arrested at least 12 suspected militants.

Afghan troops killed at least 47 militants, including 20 members of the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), and captured 12 suspected militants nationwide in a 24-hour span, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, according to a July 12 Afghanistan Times report.

Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed, the MoD said.

Other sources reported some specific battles that might have accounted for some of the 47 dead militants.

Troops July 12 in Chahar Dara District, Kunduz Province, killed at least seven militants, the ANA said in a July 13 statement, according to TOLO News.

The Afghan air force recently killed at least nine Taliban in Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, local officials said, according to a July 12 Khaama Press report.

Meanwhile, a militant recently was killed by the premature explosion of an improvised explosive device that he was building inside a Taliban commander's house in Bala Bolok District, Farah Province, the MoD said, according to a July 12 Khaama Press report. Four other militants were wounded.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) recently foiled an attempt to attack Qalat, Zabul Province, by apprehending nine suspected Haqqani Network members, Khaama Press reported July 12. The nine arrested suspects might be part of the 12 detainees reported by the MoD in a 24-hour span.

The NDS said it recovered at least 12 bombs.

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