63 Afghan militants, 7 soldiers killed; Taliban commander detained

Staff Report

KABUL -- At least 63 Afghan militants and seven soldiers were killed in combat, while security personnel nabbed a Taliban commander accused of involvement in killing 30 Afghan Local Police (ALP) officers.

In a battle in Muhammad Agha District, Logar Province, troops killed five Taliban, including a commander, provincial governor's spokesperson Salim Saleh told Pajhwok Afghan News July 28.

Troops killed five more Taliban in Baraki Barak District, also in Logar, district governor Muhammad Rahim said July 28, according to TOLO News. The fighting broke out July 27 and was still on-going July 28, he added.

Air and ground operations killed at least 53 militants nationwide, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, according to Khaama Press. Seven Afghan soldiers also lost their lives during these operations, the MoD added.

Meanwhile, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Helmand Province detained a Taliban commander accused of killing at least 30 ALP officers, Khaama Press reported July 28.

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