’21 Taliban killed across Afghanistan’

File photo shows Taliban militants in Afghanistan.

Afghan security forces backed by US-led foreign troops have killed at least 21 Taliban militants and detained 10 others during cleanup operations across the war-ravaged country, Interior Ministry says.

The Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement issued on Tuesday that the militants were killed in large-scale security operations in troubled Kunar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Wardak and Helmand provinces over the past 24 hours.

Several militants were also injured during the raids on militants™ hideouts across the troubled regions, the statement added.

It, however, did not mention whether there were any casualties on the side of Afghan or foreign forces.

Security forces also seized a large cache of heavy weapons and ammunitions from the arrested militants.

The Taliban militant group has not yet commented on these developments.

Local Afghan security forces are increasingly taking the lead in security operations ahead of the expected withdrawal of US forces next year.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

The announcement prompted Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul.

Moreover, US-led foreign forces have killed thousands of people, including many civilians, in airstrikes and night raids since they invaded the country in 2001.

Washington claims it targets Taliban militants, but civilians are often the victims of such attacks.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washington™s so-called war on terror in 2001. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.

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