83 militants, 11 soldiers killed in Afghan operations

Staff Report

KABUL -- At least 83 militants and 11 troops were killed in recent fighting in Afghanistan.

Sixty-eight militants, including 42 members of the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), were killed in a 24-hour span throughout Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said September 20, according to the Afghanistan Times.

Eleven Afghan soldiers were killed, the MoD said.

Troops September 19 killed at least 20 militants in Dasht-i-Archi District, Kunduz Province, provincial governor's spokesman Syed Mahmood Danish told Pajhwok Afghan News September 20. They might have been among the 68 militants whom the MoD reported dead.

At least five militants, including a key Taliban commander, were killed in fighting with troops in Panah, Ghazni Province, September 19, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said September 20, according to the Afghanistan Times. They also might have been part of the 68 dead militants.

Afghan forces recently detained four suspected terrorists, two in Laghman Province and two in Khost Province, according to the Afghanistan Times and Khaama Press, quoting the MoI and the National Directorate of Security.

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