56 Afghan militants killed

Staff Report

KABUL -- At least 56 militants, 5 civilians and 8 Afghan troops were killed in recent fighting in Afghanistan.

Troops killed at least 50 militants nationwide in a 24-hour span, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said August 28, according to the Afghanistan Times. Eight Afghan soldiers were killed, the MoD added.

Meanwhile, overnight air raids in Siyagard District, Parwan Province, August 27 killed at least six Taliban, provincial governor's spokesman Abdul Wahid Sediqqi told Pajhwok Afghan News August 28. Two civilians whom the terrorists had kidnapped were killed as well.

An August 29 roadside bombing near Firoz Koh, Ghor Province, killed at least three civilians in a vehicle, provincial governor's spokesman Abdulhai Khatibi said, according to TOLO News.

Authorities recently captured eight suspected militants in Nangarhar Province, including four suspected Taliban and four suspected "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) members, the Afghanistan Times reported August 28, quoting the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

In other news, kidnappers in Nangarhar Province recently freed an Australian female aid worker, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said August 29, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The woman had been kidnapped in Jalalabad in April. Bishop thanked Afghan authorities for facilitating the hostage's release.

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