TEHRAN (defapress) – Six Taliban militants were killed and a local Taliban leader arrested in two eastern Afghan provinces, authorities said Monday.
News ID: 78506
Publish Date: 26August 2019 - 20:28
In Logar province, six Taliban militants were killed after Special Operations Police Forces of Afghan National Police (ANP) launched an operation in Babos village on the outskirts of provincial capital Pul-e-Alam on Sunday night, the Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement.
The operation, aimed at disrupting militants' activities, will continue until militants renounce violence and join government-initiated peace and reconciliation process, the statement said.
In neighboring Ghazni province, the ANP arrested three militants, including Taliban local leader Ramatullah, who served as militants' shadow judge in Ghazni's Ab Band district, provincial police spokesman Ahmad Khan Sirat told Xinhua.
The arrested militants were found to be involved in terrorist activities in Ghazni province, 125 km south of Kabul, he said.
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces remain in control of most of Afghanistan's population centers and all of 34 provincial capitals, but Taliban militants control large portions of rural areas, staging coordinated large-scale attacks against Afghan cities and districts since early April when the militant group launched a yearly rebel offensive.