Afghans kill 34 militants, hold 2 suspected would-be suicide bombers

Staff Report

KABUL –- At least 34 Afghan militants and a civilian were killed and authorities detained two would-be suicide bombers in recent violence across Afghanistan while the Taliban blocked the Kabul-Kandahar and Kabul-Bamiyan highways.

Afghan forces recently killed at least 34 members of the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) during Operation Shaheen 20, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said October 27, according to Khaama Press. The dead militants included a land mine planter, the MoD said. It did not give the location of Shaheen 20.

Twin explosions in Sharana, Paktika Province, killed a civilian October 26, TOLO News reported.

An unidentified man threw a grenade minutes before another blast, local officials said.

The Taliban recently blocked the Kabul-Kandahar and Kabul-Bamiyan highways as troops arrived to drive them out, TOLO News reported.

Meanwhile, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) recently arrested two suspected would-be suicide bombers accused of plotting to attack a consulate in Jalalabad October, the Afghanistan Times reported October 26.

The NDS seized various terrorist supplies including explosives, nine bombs and a mine, the NDS said.

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