Security operations kill 99 insurgents, 16 soldiers in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, June 2 (KUNA) — Around 99 insurgents and 16 Afghan soldiers were killed and 60 others injured in security operations across Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, said Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Thursday.
According to a statement by Afghan MoD, “As a result of joint clearing operations by Afghan security and defense forces, 99 armed insurgents were killed and 60 others wounded.” It further said that heavy artillery and air force supported the ground forces during the raids in 18 different provinces. At least 48 fighters including a local commander were killed and 36 others wounded in southeastern Paktia province.
Afghan National Army (ANA) warplanes pounded insurgent hideouts in Zeruk and Gayan districts, it added.
The ministry confirmed that at least 16 Afghan army personnel were also killed as a result of separate attacks during the operations. Moreover, it further said that three workers of non-governmental organization were also shot dead after armed militants intercepted their vehicle in a remote village of central Parwan province.
The operations came at a time when Taliban rebels have vowed to continue their spring offensive against Afghan and foreign security forces after as U.S drone strike killed the former Taliban leader. (end) sbk.nfm