254 Taliban militants killed, 97 injured, Afghan army breaks down on militants

New Delhi: More than 250 Taliban militants were killed in an operation by the National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) in Afghanistan in different provinces across the country. More than 90 terrorists were also injured in the attacks. On Sunday, Afghan defence forces launched operations and counter-attacks against Taliban militants in Ghazni, Kandahar, Herat, Farah, Jozzan, Balkh, Samangan, Helmand, Takhar, Kunduz, Baglan, Kabul and Kapisa provinces, killing 254 Taliban militants and injuring 97.

Afghanistan's Defence Ministry tweeted, "During the last 24 hours, 254 Taliban militants were killed and 97 injured as a result of ANDSF operations in Ghazni, Kandahar, Herat, Farah, Jojjan, Balkh, Samangan, Helmand, Takhar, Kunduz, Baglan, Kabul and Kapisa provinces. With this, 13 IEDs were discovered and deactivated by #ANA.'' In the past few days, the Taliban have controlled several districts in Afghanistan, including the country's northeastern province of Takhar. According to the Afghan Foreign Ministry, the Taliban has captured 193 district centres and 19 border districts.

The Taliban have also captured 10 border crossing points across the country in Takhar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Herat and Farah provinces, completely blocking cross-border movement and trade in these areas. Earlier, the Ministry had stated that since April 14, 4,000 ANDSF personnel have been killed, more than 7,000 injured and nearly 1,600 have been kidnapped by the Taliban. More than 2,000 civilians, including women and children, were killed and 2,200 injured in the violence.

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