Over 20 terrorist killed in clean-up operations in Afghanistan
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 27-Nov-2017

Kabul, November 27: At least 20 militants were killed and 33 others wounded amid military operations across Afghanistan.

"The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces carried out 12 clean-up operations and 15 special operations in nine provinces in the past 24 hours, killing 20 insurgents and injuring 33 others," the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Afghan air force also launched airstrikes, destroying four militants' hideouts over the period, the statement said, without elaborating casualties on the side of security forces.

The Afghan troops have beefed up military operations against militants as the Taliban militants and Islamic State (IS) fighters are attempting to take territory and consolidate their positions ahead of winter in the mountainous country.

"Based on a tip-off, an airstrike was carried out at around 11:05 local time Sunday in Jaji district, Paktia province, killing seven members of Haqqani terrorist network," the command of Special Forces said in a statement.

As a Taliban-linked group, the Haqqani network, mostly operating in eastern provinces and capital Kabul, has been responsible for many deadly attacks against security forces.

Elimination of targeted militants would further improve public security in the eastern provinces, the statement added.