News - Afghanistan
At least ten Taliban insurgents have been killed in joint Afghan and coalition security force operations in the past 24 hours, the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MOI) said Sunday.
Ten other Taliban insurgents were arrested during the operations.
"During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, NDS [National Directorate of Security] and coalition forces launched seven joint clearance operations in Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Khost and Helmand provinces," the ministry said in a statement.
During the operations, the forces discovered, confiscated and defused nine different types of weapons, one PK machine gun, five mortar rounds and six anti-vehicle mines. It defused five different types of mines and an explosives-rigged motorcycle in Kunar, Kandahar and Herat provinces on Saturday, it added.
The ministry did not provide any details about casualties among Afghan security forces during the operations.
It comes after a Pentagon report revealed Afghan troops suffered a 124 percent increase in the number of casualties from improvised explosive device (IED) attacks last year, while for US troops, deaths and injuries from IEDs in Afghanistan dropped by almost half in the same year.
It is a sign of the increasing role of Afghan forces on the battlefield, according to the Pentagon.
The 2012 statistics show the number of attacks against Afghans rose particularly in the second half of 2012.