Afghan forces kill 35, injure 11 Taliban militants
Afghan security forces have killed 35 Taliban militants and injured 11 others in separate operations across the war-torn country, the Interior Ministry says.
The ministry issued a statement on Wednesday saying the militants had been killed during military operations in the provinces of Kunar, Laghman, Baghlan, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Logar and Ghazni.
Nine Taliban militants were detained during the operations, the statement added.
A series of violent clashes between security forces and Taliban militants left 11 policemen and 77 militants dead in western Afghanistan on Monday.
Despite the Afghan government's operations against Taliban militants and associated groups, they have still been able to spread their influence in various regions of the country.
In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “offensive" against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.
The militant group said it would use "every possible tactic" to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks.
The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to tighten security in major cities across the country, including the capital Kabul.
The United States and its allies entered the war in Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but after more than 11 years, the foreign troops have still not been able to establish security in the country.