About 35 Taliban militants have been killed in Afghan army operations within day, said the country's Defense Ministry on Thursday morning.
"Afghan National Army conducted cleanup operations and battled enemies in Takhar, Ghazni, Kandahar and Zabul provinces within the past 24 hours, killing 35 militants," the ministry said in a statement.
Up to 21 militants were wounded and two Taliban who tried to plant roadside bombs were arrested during the above raids, the statement added. Four army soldiers lost their lives in separate roadside bombings over the same period of time, according to the statement.
Elsewhere, one Taliban local leader named Mussa Jan was killed and three militants were arrested by police forces in southern Helmand province overnight, the provincial police chief Major General Abdul Qaum Baqizoi told Xinhua, adding the militants tried to raid security checkpoints in provincial capital Lashkar Gah before being killed and arrested.
The security forces press on to clear the militants across Afghanistan as the country is preparing for a presidential runoff election slated for Saturday, June 14.
The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has yet to make comments. Kabul, June 12: (Xinhua)