104 Afghan militants, 11 soldiers killed

Staff Report

KABUL -- At least 104 militants and 11 security personnel were killed in various parts of Afghanistan recently, while 43 militants in Nangarhar Province renounced militancy and joined the peace process, officials said.

Troops killed at least 85 Taliban recently in various parts of Helmand Province, the provincial governor's media office said in separate statements August 8 and 9, according to TOLO News.

One Afghan soldier was killed in Helmand, the statement added.

Security forces recently killed at least 19 more militants in Pusht Rod District, Farah Province, Afghan National Army (ANA) Gen. Muhiuddin Ghori said August 8, according to TOLO News.

Eleven troops were killed in a 24-hour span in multiple provinces, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement, the Afghanistan Times reported August 8. One of them might have been the soldier killed in Helmand.

The MoD also listed militant death tolls in various provinces, including Helmand and Farah. The Helmand and Farah casualties might have been part of the 104 militants reported killed by TOLO News and the Afghanistan Times.

Meanwhile, 43 Taliban and "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) militants surrendered recently in Nangarhar Province and joined the peace process, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said August 8, according to the Afghanistan Times.

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