Two dozen Taliban killed in Afghanistan

Afghan security forces have killed two dozen Taliban militants across the war-ravaged country over the past 24 hours.

Authorities said 17 Taliban militants were killed, five wounded and nine arrested in a joint army and police sting operation in the Baghlan Province.

Two militants were killed in their ambush against a police checkpoint in the northern Badakhshan Province.

In another incident, Afghan army commandos killed five Taliban militants in Herat Province.

Also on Friday, a convoy of US-led forces came under attack in the southern city of Kandahar. The attack occurred near Kandahar Airport, when a militant blew up his explosive jacket as the convoy was moving toward the airport.

Over a dozen people have been wounded, but the exact number of casualties is not yet known.

The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack.

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 militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider attacks, and bomb attacks.

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

In addition to that, the 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 Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.

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Republished from: Press TV