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80 militants killed in Afghan security force operation: official

About 80 Taliban militants were killed and 47 others wounded in military operations in different Afghan provinces within the last 24 hours, said the country's Interior Ministry on Sunday morning.

"Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) carried out cleanup operations in Kunar, Faryab, Kandahar, Wardak, Logar and Helmand province, killing 80 armed Taliban militants and wounding 47 others over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.

The ANSF also seized weapons, the statement said, without saying if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.

The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has yet to make comments.

The Taliban-led violence continues in Afghanistan. Security forces have press on to clear the militants in restive provinces.

The Taliban responds by bombing and armed attacks.

On Saturday, two policemen and 14 militants were wounded in a Taliban suicide bombing in the country's southern province of Helmand.

[Source: Xinhua, Kabul, 24Aug14]

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