Over 170 Militants Killed in Afghanistan Over Past Day – Defense Ministry
REUTERS/ Omar SobhaniAsia & Pacific20:36 11.03.2018Get short URL241
KABUL (Sputnik) – A total of 171 militants were killed as a result of anti-terror operations in 10 provinces of Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, the country’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday in a statement.
“Within last 24 hours, 171 militants including six members of the Islamic State [IS terror group, outlawed in Russia] were killed during military operations in 10 provinces,” the ministry said in a daily bulletin.
The largest number of militants (54) was killed in the southern province of Kandahar.
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