Taliban-linked violent incidents and conflicts have claimed the lives of 45 people including 34 militants, five civilians and six police elsewhere in the conflict- ridden Afghanistan in a single day on Monday.
In the latest violent incident, a mine planted by militants struck a police van in Ghazni province with Ghazni city as its capital 125 km south of national capital Kabul city left six police dead Monday morning, a local official confirmed.
"A police van was driving to respond Taliban militancy in Andar district of Ghazni province but unfortunately ran over a mine leaving six policemen dead on the spot Monday morning," spokesman for provincial government Shafiq Nang told Xinhua.
Two more were injured in the blast, he added.
Three more civilians also lost their lives in Ghazni province as a mine planted by militants struck their motorbike Monday morning, according to the official.
However, the security forces during cleanup operations launched Monday morning have killed 22 Taliban militants including two local commanders in Ghazni province, an army spokesman in the province Nazifullah Sultani said.
"Units of national army launched cleanup operations against Taliban militants in Mir Jan area of Andar district early Monday morning and so far 22 rebels including their two commanders named Mullah Adnan and Qari Khalid have been killed," Sultani told Xinhua.
There were no casualties on the security personnel, he said, adding the cleanup operations will continue till eviction of the militants from the district.
Taliban militants are yet to make comment.
In a related development in the eastern Kunar province, 14 persons including 12 militants were killed and 28 others injured on Monday.
"A group of Taliban rebels launched offensive against police checkpoints in Narai district, Kunar province Monday morning and police retaliated killing 12 insurgents on the spot," provincial police chief Abdul Habib Sayedkhili told Xinhua.
"During the gun battle which lasted for a while, two civilians were killed and 28 others including 14 Taliban rebels, four police and 10 civilians sustained injuries," the official further said. Haleem. KABUL, Aug. 11 (Xinhua)