Afghan fighting leaves 3 dozen militants dead in 24 hours: officials

KABUL, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) — At least 36 militants have been killed in the conflict-riddled Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, as government forces have stepped up operations ahead of winter, officials said Monday.

In the latest crackdown against armed insurgents, government forces stormed Taliban positions in Sangcharak district of Sari Pul province in the early hours of Monday, killing 10 militants and injuring 20 others.

Government forces, according to the official, evicted Taliban fighters from Shulakam area and re-established government control there.

Similarly, the government forces, in operations against Taliban group have killed 16 militants in Khogiani district of eastern Ghazni province on Monday, police spokesman in the restive province Ahmad Khan Sirat said.

Eight more militants injured in the fighting, Sirat said.

Identical skirmishes had also left 10 militants loyal to the Taliban group dead and 16 others wounded, following a government operation in Afghanistan’s southern Zabul province over the past 24 hours, an army spokesman in the southern region Ahmad Sadeq Isakhil said.

At least 11 security personnel have also lost their lives and almost the same number injured in the northern Sari Pul and eastern Ghazni provinces since Sunday, according to security officials.

Both Taliban and government forces, according to local observers, have been doing their best to gain more ground and consolidate positions ahead of snowfall and chilly winter in the mountainous Afghanistan.

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