Afghan forces kill scores of militants; arrest would-be suicide bomber

Staff Report

KABUL -- Afghan troops recently killed at least 53 militants in a 24-hour span, while losing nine of their own in fighting nationwide, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, according to a July 25 Khaama Press report.

The same day, Sar-i-Pul provincial police chief Qaum Baqizoi said troops killed 15 Taliban militants in Sar-i-Pul and Faryab provinces, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. It is not clear if the 15 militants killed were among the 53 reported dead by the MoD.

Afghan troops forced the Taliban to retreat from villages that they had attacked two days earlier, Baqizoi said.

Meanwhile, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) arrested a would-be suicide bomber who was plotting to attack a girls' school in Kabul, the NDS said in a statement, Khaama Press reported July 26.

The NDS captured the suspect in Logar Province. He confessed to having orders from the terrorist Haqqani Network to bomb the school, the NDS said.

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