26 militants killed in Afghanistan

Staff Report

KABUL -- Recent fighting in Afghanistan left at least 26 militants dead, media reported.

Air strikes in Laghman Province killed at least 15 militants, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a November 21 statement, according to Khaama Press.

In a separate statement November 20, the MoD said an air strike in Uruzgan Province killed at least nine Taliban.

At the same time, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said security forces killed at least 14 militants in five provinces, according to TOLO News.

The MoI statement included Uruzgan and Laghman, so it is unclear whether any of the 24 militants the MoD reported killed in Uruzgan and Laghman are included in the MoI tally.

Security forces November 19 killed a would-be suicide bomber targeting a market in Baharak District, Badakhshan Province, the MoI said November 20, according to the Afghanistan Times.

A Taliban commander and a soldier also were killed in fighting in Baharak, District Police Chief Abdul Wodoud Rasekh said.

Meanwhile, authorities recently captured a terrorist Haqqani Network commander in Zurmat District, Paktika Province, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.

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