67 militants, 8 policemen killed in Afghan operations

Staff Report

KABUL -- Security forces killed at least 67 militants and freed six civilians, while nine policemen lost their lives during counter insurgency operations and terror attacks across Afghanistan.

At least eight policemen were killed during a Taliban attack on a police check post at the Torkham border crossing October 24 night in Nangarhar, TOLO News reported.

At least 34 Taliban were killed and six civilians were freed from their jail during fresh security offensives in Gereshk District and Bolan and Bashran areas of Lashkargah, Helmand's capital, Brig. Gen. Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, the 215th Maiwand Corps commander, told journalists October 24, according to Pajhwok Afghan News.

Security forces also foiled a militant attempt to capture the Faizabad District of Jawzjan province, killing 32 Taliban, governor's spokesman Reza Ghafoori said October 24, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

The two battles for Faizabad District were concluded as militants left behind bodies of their comrades, he said, adding that the police chief for Manjigak District was also killed in the clashes.

Meanwhile, an important Taliban commander among many other militants was killed during clashes with security forces in Kapisa Province, the governor's spokesman Qais Qaderi said October 24, Afghanistan Times reported.

The clashes erupted after militants stormed police checkpoints in the Tagab and Alasay districts of the province, Qaderi said.

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